World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

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The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan has died at a zoo in Western Australia.

"To arrive at Perth Zoo from the Sultan of Jahore's private zoo, in 1968, would have been quite the journey for her".

Holly Thompson, a primate supervisor at the zoo, said it was hard to end Puan's life on Monday, but noted it was the right and respectful choice.

As a result, her genetics account for around 10 percent of the global captive population.

Puan's descendents span four continents, as her offspring populate the United States, Europe, Australasia and the jungles of Sumatra. "It's my absolute wish for her to be remembered for the handsome, independent lady that she was and I think it's an incredible legacy for her great grandson Nyaru to be out living his life in the jungles of Sumatra, where his great grandmother hailed from".

She was awarded a Guinness Book of Records title in 2016 for being the oldest verified Sumatran orangutan in the world.

There are less than 15,000 of the critically endangered species, which rarely reach age 50 in the wild, left in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund. "You always knew were you stood with Puan", said Hart.

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Puan was put down at Perth Zoo after developing age-related complications.

Puan's chief zookeeper penned an obituary in The West Australian newspaper to pay a tribute to her on Tuesday, the BBC report added.

"She was a attractive independent lady whose legacy is unparalleled".

"She demanded respect and she got respect".

Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand.

She even exhibited those motherly mannerisms toward her zookeepers. This is predicted to increase in coming decades.

Nearly all (94 per cent and 97 per cent) of the primate populations in these countries are in decline.

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