Joe Kalvelage, 77, of Erie, knows “everybody” at the zoo, from employees to animals.
Erie Zoo News & Updates
Ollie, the Erie Zoo’s 9-year-old Bornean orangutan, will be moved to the San Francisco Zoo in spring or summer 2019 as part of a breeding program. He was born in 2009 at the Erie Zoo to Dasa and Joe, both of whom will remain at the Erie Zoo along with Otis, born in 2017.
Orangutans are endangered and there are less than 6,600 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild and about 45,000 Bornean. Their biggest threat is NON-sustainable palm oil farming. This could cause the extinction of orangutans in the wild in the very near future without your help.
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9 year old orangutan Ollie will be moving this spring to San Francisco to start his new adventure. There have been a lot of questions about his move so we provided some answers!
The Erie Zoo will open its gates to the public for the season Friday, welcoming a few new members and bidding a farewell to others in short order.
Nine-year-old Ollie will depart, leaving the zoo with three orangutans: Ollie’s parents Joe and Dasa and brother Otis.
See many of our file photos of the Erie Zoo, through the years. Photos by ERIE TIMES-NEWS staff.