Phoenix Zoo to hold 40th birthday party for Bess the orangutan
PHOENIX — One of the Phoenix Zoo’s orangutans will soon be 40 years old.
The zoo describes birthday girl Bess, a Bornean orangutan and mother of two, as “shy, sensitive and very adept at solving problems and puzzles.”
Guests can participate in her birthday activities on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festivities include signing a giant card, registering to win a birthday party at the zoo, learning about orangutans from zoo guides and watching the orangutans play with a birthday cake.
Guests can also bring Bess a birthday gift from the zoo’s wish list, which includes chalk, paint, blocks and low-sodium spices.
Bess was born at the zoo on March 26, 1979, to Duchess, who died of cancer in 2012 at age 52.
Bess’ 4-year-old son Jiwa is also on exhibit.