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Azy (orangutan)

Azy (pronounced AY-zee), is a 38-year-old male orangutan. He was born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 1977. He was transferred to the Albuquerque Zoo in 1978, and returned to the National Zoo in 1980.

In 1995, Azy began living at the Think Tank building and participating in the Zoo's Orangutan Language Project with Rob Shumaker. On September 28, 2004, Azy was moved to the Great Ape Trust of Iowa.

In 2010, he was moved to the Indianapolis Zoo where he resides with five other orangutans from the Great Ape Trust, where Shumaker serves as Vice President of Life Sciences.


Azy is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre region of France.