The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is throwing a baby shower for a pregnant orangutan, complete with a registry at Target.
The zoo’s curator of exhibits and programs, Terry Cox, said that the items listed on the registry (including Spongebob bubble bath, Disney items, pool floats, crayons and a Baby Einstein Discover & Play Piano) were chosen specifically to provide enrichment activity for the baby and other animals at the zoo.
Cox said Mei, the mother-to-be is a fan of Disney movies. “When Mei first got here, she was young, 10 years, she loved the movie Jungle Book,” Cox told the Waco Tribune Herald. “That was the one thing that would bring her up to the front until she got used to her surroundings.”
Cox told reporters the zoo’s main goal is to prolong the existence of orangutans. “In 10 to 20 years wild orangutans could possibly not exist,” Cox said. “That’s why every birth matters so much. These are such magnificent animals. To encourage people to develop a connection to them, that’s the role of zoos. In a perfect zoo we’d love for everything to live in their natural habitat but in order to save the species we have specific survival plans.”
The shower is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, near the orangutan exhibit. Human guests are encouraged to attend and watch Mei and the baby’s father, KJ, open their gifts.