6 Sep 1998 - 26 Aug 2014
Date added: 25 Feb 2015
Demo was born at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. He was moved to Munster Zoo, in Germany, when he was 6 years old, then came to Devon in November 2007. While at Paignton Zoo Demo fathered two babies; Tatau and Natalia. Tatau was the our first orang utan birth in 16 years.
Demo was being treated for a reoccurrence of a respiratory infection which had plagued him on and off since before he arrived at Paignton Zoo.
Matthew Webb, Paignton Zoo’s Senior Head Keeper of Mammals, said: “He was a typical male orang utan, stubborn and cheeky at times, very much loved by his keepers. He was a late developer, but he was just coming into his prime.”
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park Director of Operations and Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said: “There are breeding programmes in zoos worldwide and Paignton Zoo is part of the European Endangered species Programme for Bornean orang utans. We are sad to lose him, but at least he has done his bit for the future of the species by fathering Tatau and Natalia.”