- 60 year(s):day(s)
- Germany (Hamburg)
Born in the wild c. 1961 and captured around the age of three in 1964, Bella the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is estimated to turn 60 years old in 2021. She has lived at Hagenbeck Tierpark in Hamburg, Germany, since 15 April 1964 (now her nominated birthday). She was confirmed to be alive and well as of 29 January 2021.
The typical longevity for orangutans in the wild is 35-40 years, increasing to around 50 years in captivity.
Bella became not just the oldest living Sumatran orangutan but the oldest living orangutan overall following the passing of Inji, a fellow Sumatran orangutan at Oregon Zoo, USA, who was considered to have been a year older, born in the wild c. 1960.
The zookeepers at Hagenbeck describe Bella as honest, prudent, curious, intelligent, loving and never aggressive. Over her lifetime, she has given birth to six offspring and also raised three adopted youngsters.
Now that she has very few teeth remaining, Bella's favoured food is semolina porridge flavoured with savoury Maggi sauce or a sweetener such as honey, as well as soft fruit and vegetables.