The Indianapolis Zoo is excited to announce the first orangutan birth for the\u00a0Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. A Sumatran orangutan was born at\u00a05:07pm\u00a0on Wednesday, March 23. Mother, 23-year-old Sirih, and baby are both healthy. Sirih is doing everything an orangutan mom should do and baby has a tight grip. The newborn let out a strong and healthy cry right after being born. While the baby\u2019s weight is not known, a normal newborn orangutan weight is around 3 to 4 pounds. Sirih gave birth in a behind-the-scenes area and quickly, after the delivery, started cleaning and tending to her newborn. The other orangutans at the Center watched the entire birth very intently and were quiet and curious during and after the delivery. \u201cThis baby orangutan gives us special reason to be joyful.\u201d said Dr. Rob Shumaker, executive vice president and Zoo director.\u00a0\u201cWe are thrilled for the many visitors who will care more deeply for orangutans and their conservation by watching the baby grow, learn and thrive. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild with only thousands left.\u201d The Zoo\u2019s community partner\u00a0Indianapolis Power and Light\u00a0will light up Monument Circle in orange lights\u00a0Thursday\u00a0morning at\u00a04am, March 24 in celebration of the birth. Orangutan mothers spend seven to ten years actively bringing up a baby. Sirih will model what life as an orangutan looks like for her baby, as the youngster learns to climb, build nests and interact with surroundings including the other apes, Keepers and Zoo visitors. Sirih and first-time father, 14-year-old Basan, were recommended as a breeding pair through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums\u2019 Species Survival Plan, a program ensuring a sustainable, genetically diverse and demographically varied AZA population. Orangutans are found in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and these critically endangered great apes continue to face increasing threats, primarily habitat loss due to agricultural development for crops like palm oil. This new arrival is an ambassador for the species, and will engage and empower visitors to play a role in conservation efforts. Indianapolis Zoo babies\u00a0are presented by Hendricks Regional Health. About the Indianapolis Zoo The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people\u00a0and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.\u00a0Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden.\u00a0Visit\u00a0IndianapolisZoo.com.