Perth Zoo’s oldest male Sumatran Orangutan Hsing Hsing dead at 42

Perth Zoo’s oldest male Sumatran Orangutan Hsing Hsing.
Perth Zoo’s oldest male Sumatran Orangutan Hsing Hsing.

RECOGNISED by his dreadlocks and loud booming voice, Perth Zoo’s oldest male Sumatran Orangutan Hsing Hsing passed away over the weekend from diabetic complications.

Hsing Hsing (42) was born at Singapore Zoo in 1975 and was diagnosed with diabetes 21 years ago.

Over this time he developed positive relationships with his keepers.

He was trained to present his arm for daily insulin injections and to have his blood glucose levels tested regularly, but despite his ongoing veterinary treatment and consultations with external diabetic specialists, complications claimed his life.

Perth Zoo’s orangutan colony is recognised internationally as one of the most significant in the world, with an extremely successful breeding record.

Those wishing to mark Hsing Hsing passing are asked to consider a donation to Perth Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Action in lieu of flowers.

Proceeds will help assist the critically endangered Orangutan’s in Indonesia.