Tonda (orangutan)

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Tonda with T.K.

Tonda, (1958 - 23 March 2009), was the oldest orangutan in the United States. Tonda died on March 23, 2009, at ZooWorld in the Panama City Beach, Florida, aged 50.[1]


Tonda, the popular orangutan, whose name is short for Tondaleyo, died in her sleep at the age of 50. Tonda had represented the oldest registered orangutan in captivity in the United States.

Cultural references[edit]

Tonda, along with a male kitten named T.K., had earned a modicum of fame after being named the second-best animal odd couple by Animal Planet. The pair were also the subject of a book, Tonda and TK: Friends.[2]

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  1. ^ "Tonda the orangutan dies at Florida Panhandle zoo". Orlando Sentinel. March 22, 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Book tells story of TK the Cat and friend, Tonda the Orangutan". Arkansas Online. April 12, 2010.