Jackson Zoo says farewell to Pumpkin the orangutan

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Zoo is preparing to say farewell to one of their beloved animals.

Pumpkin the orangutan’s last day on exhibit is Sunday.

Bornean orangutans are endangered species, so he’s being sent to the Houston zoo to breed with a larger group.

Pumpkin is 31-years-old, and he’s been a part of the Jackson Zoo family for about 20 years.

He’s bred 5 children in his time here.

The zoo staff says he will be greatly missed.

“He’s been around long enough that he’s been the third breeder here at the Jackson Zoo for as long as a lot of people can remember. So he is going to be much much missed, because he’s just such a character,” said EJ Rivers, Jackson Zoo Media Specialist.

The zoo is throwing Pumpkin a bon voyage throughout the weekend.

Visitors are welcomed to sign a card and chat with pumpkin’s zoo-keeper.

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