November 9, 2019

Her Name is Sandra and Its Been Rule She is Neither an Orangutan Nor Human




   
orangutan
 Orangutans share about 97 percent of their DNA with humans.ROMEO GACAD/GETTY



The Buenos Aires Zoo's head of biology, Adrian Sestelo, said in 2015 that he thought it inappropriate to compare the animal with a human.

"When you don't know the biology of a species, to unjustifiably claim it suffers abuse, is stressed or depressed, is to make one of man's most common mistakes, which is to humanize animal behaviour," Sestelo said.

Experts said the verdict would open the floodgates to thousands of similar cases but that doesn't appear to have happened.

Once the Buenos Aires Zoo closed in 2016, Sandra traveled to the United States, where she was quarantined for a month at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas before moving to Florida.

Orangutans are part of the family Hominidae—or great apes—along with gorillas, chimpanzees and humans. Their name translates from Malay as "man of the forest."
Sandra, 33, was born in Germany and spent 25 years at the Buenos Aires Zoo before arriving at her new home on November 5.

Patti Ragan, director of the center in Wauchula, Florida, said Sandra is adjusting to the center, joining 21 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from circuses, stage shows and the exotic pet trade.

"She was shy when she first arrived, but once she saw the swings, toys, and grassy areas in her new home, she went out to explore," Ragan said.

Ragan also said Sandra met her caregivers and has adjusted well to the new climate, calling her "sweet and inquisitive."

"This is the first time in over a decade that Sandra has had the opportunity to meet other orangutans, and she will meet them when she chooses. It is a new freedom for her, and one we are grateful to provide," she said.

The Buenos Aires Zoo's head of biology, Adrian Sestelo, said in 2015 that he thought it inappropriate to compare the animal with a human.

"When you don't know the biology of a species, to unjustifiably claim it suffers abuse, is stressed or depressed, is to make one of man's most common mistakes, which is to humanize animal behaviour," Sestelo said.

Experts said the verdict would open the floodgates to thousands of similar cases but that doesn't appear to have happened.

Once the Buenos Aires Zoo closed in 2016, Sandra traveled to the United States, where she was quarantined for a month at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas before moving to Florida.

Orangutans are part of the family Hominidae—or great apes—along with gorillas, chimpanzees and humans. Their name translates from Malay as "man of the forest."


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