CHICAGO (AP) — Maggie the orangutan is celebrating the big Five-One.
The Brookfield Zoo’s oldest Bornean orangutan turned 51 years old on
Wednesday, earning her the distinction as the oldest of her kind living in
an accredited North American Zoo.
Maggie was born in 1961 at San Diego Zoo, where she gave birth to four
offspring. She’s never given birth at Brookfield Zoo, but her time there has
In 1996, she served as a surrogate mother to an infant male whose real
mother failed to care for him. And in 2004, she received national attention
after an extreme makeover that included losing 90 unwanted pounds.
That happened after Maggie was diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition.
Today, a svelte and playful Maggie is on exhibit most afternoons at the zoo.