The youngest member of the Phoenix Zoo's orangutan family, celebrated his first birthday today.
Jiwa turned one in a wild way, enjoying ice-cakes made of juice and a mix of berries, bananas and zucchini. Jiwa and his family were also treated to durian, a fruit that belongs to their native island of Borneo.
Jiwa is a typical one-year-old, says Linda Hardwick, director of communications for the Phoenix Zoo. She says he likes to explore his surroundings by venturing away from mom, Bess, to climb, test his boundaries and try new types of food.
Jiwa shares the exhibit at the Zoo with his parents; Michael and Bess, his nine-year-old sister Kasih, and Daniel who arrived at the Zoo a couple of years ago from Cleveland, says Hardwick.
Today’s festivities were a welcome celebration after severe storm damage forced Zoo officials to close the park for an unprecedented three days. Zoo staff worked tirelessly to cut down trees and clean up debris. Now, the Zoo is back to business as usual.
If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate with Jiwa, you can visit him and his family anytime. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.