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Brooks Announces Naming Contest Results For Female Orangutan

Brooks Announces Naming Contest Results For Female Orangutan

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks joined officials from the Seneca Park Zoo and Seneca Park Zoo Society to announce some very exciting news: one of the newest members of the Seneca Park Zoo family has been named.

Our female orangutan baby, born on April 29, has been named Bella. Four people submitted the name, which means beautiful.

“With the success of another public naming contest, I am proud to announce our newest member of the Orangutan family will be named, Bella, because she is a beautiful addition to our Zoo,” said Brooks. “Animal care staff told me Bella has added so much to the dynamics of our orangutan group since her arrival. We are thrilled she is doing so well and hope the entire community comes to visit with her.”

More than 525 people suggested names as part of the naming contest, which was held during the month of October. Names were suggested three ways: to the County Executive’s Twitter feed @Maggie__Brooks and Facebook page as well as via e-mail to

Kumang, the Zoo’s 35-year-old matriarch Bornean orangutan, is Bella’s mother. Denda, a 10-year-old who joined the Zoo family in April 2011, is her father. They all live in the Zoo’s Main Building with Dara, Kumang’s daughter.

“Bella is a force to be reckoned with,” said Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society. “She is fearless, already climbing and swinging throughout her home. I look forward to the community embracing her, just as they have done with her sister, Dara.”

This baby’s birth was recommended by the Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) program. The SSP is a cooperative population management and conservation program for select species in accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions.

Media Inquiries, contact:
Monroe County Communications at (585) 753-1080
Seneca Park Zoo Communications at (585) 336-7201