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Orangutans are large tree dwelling apes.

Orangutans Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Pongo

Conservation Status: Degradation and destruction of the rain forest have threatened orangutans.

Conservation Status

Sumatran orangutan is at critical risk.
Bornean orangutan is endangered.

Other Names: Forest Man, Mawas, Person of the Forest,

Orangutan in Foreign Languages

Arabic: ''insaan al-ghaab
Armenian: orangutan
Mandarin: xingxing
Czech: orangutan
Dutch: orang-oetan
Finnish: oranki
French: orang-outan
German: Orang-Utan
Greek: ourakotagkos
Hungarian: orangutan
Indonesian: orang utan / mawas
Italian: orango
Japanese: oran'utan
Korean: orang-utan
Malay: orang utan / mawas
Navajo: magi dj''ili
Portuguese: orangotango
Romanian: urangutan
Russian: orangutan
Spanish: orangutan
Swedish: orangutang
Thai: ling u-rang-u-dtang
Turkish: orangutan

Size: Female orangutans are smaller than their male counterparts. Orangutans weigh between 73 to 180 lbs and are 4-5 feet tall. Orangutans can have a fingertip to fingertip arm span of 7 feet!

Species: There are two species of orangutans.

Species of Orangutans

Sumatran Orangutan - Pongo Abelii
Bornean Orangutan - Pongo Pygmaeus

Habitat: Orangutans are found in Southeast Asia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The orangutan resides in tropical rain forests.

Gestation: Orangutans carry their young for about 8.5 months.

Birth: Orangutans usually give birth in their tree top nests. Orangutan babies are 3.3 to 4.5 lbs at birth.

Sexual Maturity: Male orangutans reach sexual maturity around 15 years age. Female orangutans reach sexual maturity around 12 years of age. Female orangutans only give birth every 8 years.

Behavior: The orangutan is the largest tree-dwelling animal. Orangutans will build nests in the trees.

Diet: Orangutans eat fruit, leaves, tree bark, insects and rarely meat.

Description: Orangutans have large, bulky bodies, thick necks, long strong arms and short bowed legs. Orangutans have long reddish-brown hair that covers their body and limbs. Orangutans have opposable thumbs and opposable big toes.

Communication: Orangutans have a series of calls used to alert of their territory, summon mates, and social calls.

Did You Know?

Orangutans share approximately 97% of their DNA with humans.

Social Structure: Male orangutans are solitary, however females and their young will form strong bonds staying together for up to 7 years.

Life Span: Orangutans have an average life span of 30 to 40 years in the wild. In capitivity orangutans will live up to 60 years.

Unusual: Orangutans are intelligent and have been known to make and use simple tools. Orangutans will use large leaves as umbrellas to protect themselves from the rains.


Conservation Status: Endangered

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