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Endangered orangutan finds new home at Phoenix Zoo

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Daniel, a new orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo. (Source: Phoenix Zoo) Daniel, a new orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo. (Source: Phoenix Zoo)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A 7-year-old endangered orangutan is getting acclimated to his new home at the Phoenix Zoo.

Daniel arrived Wednesday night from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio.

The animal was immediately placed in quarantine for at least 30 days so medical and keeper staff can become acquainted with him.

Daniel will be housed in the zoo's Orang-Hutan: "People of the Forest" exhibit which opened in 2011 and will be slowly introduced to the zoo's family of orangutans - Michael, Bess and their offspring, Kasih.

The Orangutan Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended Daniel's transfer to Arizona. The idea is to provide companionship for Kasih and for a probable reproductive pairing with her once they both reach appropriate adult age, still several years in the future.

Daniel was born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in April 2006 to father Tiram and mother Kayla.

Bornean orangutans are found in primary forests of Borneo. Adult males can grow up to 5.5 feet and can weigh up to 317 pounds. Their legs are relatively short and weak, while their arms are powerful with a spread of about 8.25 feet.

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