Sad News: Janey The Elderly Orangutan Euthanized

We have some very sad news. Janey, an orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, was taken to the veterinary hospital yesterday afternoon for a sedated exam to determine the cause of respiratory difficulties she has been experiencing. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of our experienced staff, Janey appeared to have a series of cardiac arrests with an unlikely prognosis for recovery. The difficult decision was made to euthanize her.

Janey was born in 1961 and was the oldest living Bornean orangutan in the U.S. She came to the San Diego Zoo in 1984 from a private collection in Europe. She was a well known and beloved figure at the San Diego Zoo and will be dearly missed. Please share your condolences with staff, volunteers, members and guests who will be feeling this loss.