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Orangutan

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Orangutans are a species of great ape. They have long, thin, shaggy hair that varies in color from dark brown to pale reddish orange but is most often reddish orange.  

 

Adult males are 4 to 5 feet tall and weigh between 100 to 200 lbs. The arm length of an adult male Orangutan is 7 feet and is one and a half times longer than their legs!

 

 

 

Where-do-they-live

Orangutans live only in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Southeast Asia.  They spend most of their life in the trees and make comfortable beds or ‘sleeping nests’ each night to sleep in.  

 

The orangutan doesn’t live in big groups like gorillas and chimpanzees.  They live alone or with their mother until they are old enough to live on their own.

 

 

What-do-they-eat

Orangutans have been known to eat over 400 kinds of food, though most of their diet consists of fruit. Orangutans also eat some flowers, honey, bark, young leaves and insects such as ants, termites, pupae, and crickets.

 

 

What-are-their-predators

Orangutans predators include Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, and occasionally a reticulated python.  

 

 

What-are-their-defenses

Males make “long-calls”, which are deep calls that come from their throat pouch and echo through the surrounding forest to warn off potential rivals.  It can be heard over half a mile away!

 

Not only can they look and sound extremely intimidating, orangutans are very strong.  They are about seven times stronger than a human!

 

 

Did-you-know

the word orangutan comes from the Malay language and means ‘person of the forest’?  It comes from the words ‘orang’ meaning people and ‘hutan’ meaning forest.

 

 

My-favorite-thing

 

about orangutans is their incredible strength and ability to swing through the treetops of the forest.

 

What’s your favorite thing?

1 Comment

  1. I love the color or their fur and the fact that they are so incredibly intelligent. Great photos and information Cole!

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