Max and Mila are two of the most famous faces around the Indianapolis Zoo. These two toddlers have formed a great relationship as they play and explore the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Like human youngsters, Max and Mila have lots of energy and are often seen chasing each other and wrestling.
Max came to the Indianapolis Zoo in the fall of 2016 and is now four years old. He has a close relationship with his adopted mom, Knobi and loves to crawl and climb. Bright colored items often spark his interest and he likes to eat all sorts of fruits and cereal.
Born at the Indianapolis Zoo in March of 2016, Mila is the daughter of Sirih and Basan and the youngest of all the orangutans. Her name means “dear one” in Indonesian. This growing girl is a big eater – often trying to eat handfuls of food all at once and routinely stealing food from her mom.
Like all of the orangutans at the Indianapolis Zoo, Max and Mila are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild. Native to only the forests of Southeast Asia, orangutans are the most endangered great apes in the world. Habitat destruction from logging, palm oil farming and mining as well as the illegal pet trade have severely impacted orangutan populations. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our orangutans here at the Zoo and support the Indianapolis Zoo’s orangutan conservation efforts in Borneo and Sumatra.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package, which includes one orangutan plush, photo, certificate, trading card and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
*Animal Amigo donor board is located inside the Oceans building and updated each March with the previous year’s donors.
Animal Amigo donations make great gifts! You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigos packet.