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Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

When you’re the oldest male orangutan in North America, every birthday is a milestone—and Towan shares his 47th birthday with twin sister, Chinta, and gorillas Pete and Nina, all born in 1968. This calls for a celebration!



D.O.B.: Feb. 19, 1968


D.O.B.: Feb. 19, 1968


D.O.B.: 1968


D.O.B.: 1968

Join us for a birthday party filled with:

  • Birthday party enrichment for the gorillas and orangutans with zookeeper meet ‘n’ greet

    • 10:00 a.m. – Gorillas (west exhibit)

    • 11:00 a.m. - Orangutans

  • Discovery stations

  • Giant birthday cards to sign

  • Free drawing for original painting by orangutan Towan


Free zoo admission on Feb. 21 for anyone with ID to prove they were born in 1968!



Flashback to 1968

Towan and Chinta were born at Woodland Park Zoo in February 1968 and gained instant national celebrity status as the first-known twin orangutans born in captivity. Photos of the hand-raised pair in diapers appeared around the globe, including “Life” magazine.


Photos of Towan and Chinta, as seen in Life Magazine.


Pete with his first zoo keeper, Pat Pichette.



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