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Ah Meng, 48, Dies

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 8th, 2008

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It is with great sadness that I must report the death of the world’s oldest, if not oldest, Sumatran Orangutan. This great primate, named Ah Meng, was 48 years old and lived at the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

We have many things to learn from these great apes of Asia, about how close they are to the badly named “Johor Bigfoot” or to the Orang Pendek. But too, they have much to still teach us about living with them and saving them.

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A younger Ah Meng (in the background) and one of her family (being hugged) pictured with another primate who has left us, Steve Irwin.

She came from Sumatra, Indonesia, and was seized from a family which had illegally kept her as a pet, before coming to the Singapore Zoo in 1971.

As Epilogos wrote in his Singapore Life and Times:

At this time, I can imagine not a few among us who would have shed a tear at the passing of such a graceful and steadfast part of Singapore. While Ah Meng has met many dignitaries in her long life, it is the common folks she would have touched, right from when they were young and starry-eyed Primary School students on their first visit to the Zoo. Thereafter, a visit to the Singapore Zoo always meant a visit to Ah Meng’s place and then to the rest of the Zoo.

This blog bids farewell to Ah Meng, distinguished primate and Ambassador par excellence of the Republic of Singapore.

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Ah Meng in 2007.

Source: “Death of a Distinguished Primate”, Singapore Life and Times, Saturday, February 09, 2008.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


6 Responses to “Ah Meng, 48, Dies”

  1. PhilsterUK responds:

    Orangutans are beautiful animals that radiate wisdom and gentleness it makes me sad to think they aren’t protected with all the care they deserve. I’m glad she was so respected and that she reached such an old age in happiness. If any Cryptomundiuns work with the protection and care of primates then I’d like to thank you.

  2. squatch-toba responds:

    A sad loss for all. I hope that lessons learned from her will not be forgotten.

  3. Mike Smith responds:

    This is sad news, thanks for the news.

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    That first photo, man. You look into those eyes and it’s… wow! it’s just that I feel the stare of a person, you know?

    Beautiful creature. What a sad loss.

  5. bill green responds:

    hey loren everyone im very sad to hear about the oldest orangutan passing way . but he resting in peace now he will always be remembered. :( :) thanks bill green

  6. cryptidsrus responds:

    Sad, sad, sad.

    Love the photograph with Irwin.

    Rest in peace.



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