In Pictures: New Ah Meng for Singapore Zoo

A new Ah Meng has been chosen as the face of the Singapore Zoo, eight years after the passing of the iconic Sumatran orang utan. Four-year-old Ishta was picked from the late Ah Meng's six living descendants and will take on her grandmother's name. Ishta was born on Mar 8, 2011, and is the first offspring of Ah Meng's late daughter Sayang and Galdikas, a male orang utan from Frankfurt Zoo. Like her grandmother, she loves durians and is particular about cleanliness.

Four-year-old Ishta was picked from the late Ah Meng's six living descendants and will take on her grandmother's name. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Four-year-old Ishta was picked from the late Ah Meng's six living descendants and will take on her grandmother's name. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The new Ah Meng, Ishta, with head zookeeper for orang utans, Mr Kumaran Sesshe, in the symbolic handprint ceremony. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The new Ah Meng, Ishta, getting a pat on the face from head zookeeper for orang utans, Mr Kumaran Sesshe. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The new Ah Meng, Ishta, posing for photos. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The new Ah Meng, Ishta, with Mr Kumaran Sesshe (right), head zookeeper for orang utans. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

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