Max the orangutan turns 27!

CREATED Mar 6, 2013

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RACINE - The staff at the Racine Zoological Society celebrated a very special birthday on Wednesday, as their orangutan Max turned 27 years old.

More photos of Max

"Zoo staff and guests watched as Max was presented with a special layer cake made from fruits, primate biscuits, and veggies," said the zoo. "The layers were frozen and included a few extra goodies such as raisins, baby food, and canned pumpkin. Max also received numerous gifts including chalk, crayons, coloring books, and paint."

Guests are encouraged to visit Max this month and share their birthday wishes.

According to the zoo, Max has lived at the Racine Zoo since 1986 with his older half-sister, Jenny, making them the Zoo’s longest and most well-known residents.

“The most rewarding part of my job is developing training and enrichment programs that keep Max and Jenny mentally sharp and stimulated,” said Primary Primate Specialist Crystal Champeau-Williams. “All our primates have their own unique personalities but Max is certainly one of my favorites.”

For more information about conservation initiatives and programs trying to save the orangutan, visit
Orangutan Foundation International at http://www.orangutan.org/