L.A. Zoo Orangutan to Choose BCS National Championship Winner!

Memo: The National Championship Game for the 2009 season will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 7, 2010, sponsored by Citi, and broadcast by ABC television network. The game will feature the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the #2 Texas Longhorns.

News Release
January 5, 2010

CONTACT: Elizabeth Leider / Elizabeth.leider@lacity.org
(323) 644-4273

Zoo Offers Discounted Admission to College Football Fans

On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Zoo’s male orangutan, Bruno, will make his pick for the winner of college football’s BCS National Championship.

Keepers will place two fruit-filled papier-mâché figures, decorated as the mascots for University of Texas and the University of Alabama, in the orangutan habitat. The L.A. Zoo’s 30-year-old orangutan, Bruno, will then announce his favorite to win the 2010 National Championship by digging into the delicious mascots – the one he chooses first is his pick to win the game.

Native to the Indonesia islands of Borneo and Sumatra, orangutans are the sole surviving great ape species in Asia. Orangutans are endangered. In the last 60 years, it’s estimated that there has been more than a 50 percent decline in the orangutan population. This decline is primarily due to loss of their forest habitat agriculture and fires. The L.A. Zoo is home to six orangutans. Orangutans are considered to be one of the most intelligent zoo animals.

In the Malay language orang means person and utan means forest. Decked out in long, shaggy, orange-red hair, orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling mammals. The males are about twice the size of females, and have an arm span of over seven feet. Males have large throat pouches under their chins that are used to make calls to attract females and warn rival males to keep away. Dominate males have large cheek pads, while subordinate males in the same area don’t develop cheek pads until they find their own territory.

From Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, the L.A. Zoo is offering discounted admission to college football fans. Fans wearing their favorite college football team’s gear (e.g. hats, shirts, sweatshirts) just need to mention the promotion to receive a dollar off the price of Zoo admission.

The orangutans will be available to the media on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Park in the Zoo’s lot by the bus circle where a cart will transport you to their habitat. To request photos or RSVP, please call (323) 644-4273. To make sure you see the orangutan make his pick, please arrive by 9:15 a.m.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $13 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L. A. Zoo Web site at http://www.lazoo.org

“Nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience”

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles
California 90027
Fax 323/644-4240


John R. Lewis
Zoo Director

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    Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was injured on the Longhorns’ first drive of the BCS championship game and missed the biggest — and final — game of his college career.

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