She was born in Sumatra, Indonesia around 1960 and she was taken in by Singapore Zoo at about seven years old after being confiscated from a Chinese family who had kept her as an illegal pet then.
Quoted from The Straits Times:
"The Zoo's curator, Mr Alagappasamy (aka Sam) has taken care of Ah Meng since she first came to the Zoo.
He is extremely saddened by her departure and though it may 'take a long time' for him to adjust not having her around, he is 'very happy to have had the opportunity to take care of Ah Meng and her family all these years'.
Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Ms Fanny Lai said: 'We mourn the passing of Ah Meng. She has touched the hearts of everyone who has met her and contributed immensely in helping promote awareness of how each and every one of us can play a role in anti-poaching, anti-deforestation and conservation matters'. "
I know her name since the day I was born. As a kid, going to Zoo, I remembered shouting excitedly: "Ah Meng, Ah Meng!", even though I don't know which Orang Utan is her. All looked so alike.
Oh man, I'm going to miss her. I'm sure many fellow Singaporean would feel likewise. She will be reposed at the Zoo's Garden with a View from 9-11am on Feb 10 where the public can visit her for the last time. Her memorial service will take place shortly after at 11am.
My mum: "Aiyo, Ah Meng very good life already. At 50, so many children and grandchildren. Not like me, same 50 still don't have a grandchildren yet."
Me: " errmm ... ?? "