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Nonja (orangutan)

Nonja (1952 - December 29, 2007) was a female sumatran orangutan who was thought to be the oldest of her species in either the wild or captivity. She was 55 years old when she died in 2007. Nonja, whose name meant "girl" in Malaysian, was captured in the wild and brought to the Wassenaar Zoo in the Netherlands in 1955. She was thought to be about 2–3 years old at the time. She was transferred to the Miami MetroZoo (now Zoo Miami) on October 4, 1983, where she spent the rest of her life. Nonja gave birth to five offspring.

Nonja died at the Miami MetroZoo on Saturday, December 29, 2007. Experts believe that she died of either a brain tumor or an aneurysm. She was 55 years old when she died. Most orangutans die before they reach their mid-40s, which made Nonja unique and likely the oldest living orangutan in the world at the time.


Nonja is the Malay word for girl. Some uses of the word include:

  • Nonja (Miami), the orangutan with the longest known lifespan
  • Nonja (Vienna), an orangutan famous for maintaining a Facebook page
Nonja (Vienna)

Nonja (born 21 April 1976 in Vienna) is a female orangutan at Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo) who has her own Facebook page. The zoo provided her with a special camera, enabling her to take digital pictures, which subsequently were uploaded to her Facebook page.

Nonja was born at Tiergarten Schönbrunn and grew up with her mother. However she was raised by the zoo's personnel as well. At some point when she was with her stockmen Nonja picked up a brush and made some attempts to paint. After that incident the zoo provided her for a while with a regular opportunity to paint or rather let her play with painting utensils. The zoo managed to sell some of her creations for prices of up to 2000 Euros.

In 2009, the zoo provided Nonja with a special camera with a wifi connection and encouraged her to take pictures in her enclosure. The camera was a special shock-proof one and released a raisin when a picture was taken. The pictures taken by Nonja were automatically uploaded to her Facebook page, which had several thousand visitors per day.