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  • English name
    Orangutan
  • ClassificationPrimate Hominidae
  • Scientific namePongo Abelii / Pongo Pygmaeus

Orangutan
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Orangutan means a "forest person". The forests where orangutans live have been made into farms. There were severe forest fires, which has made Orangutans' life very difficult. If the "forest people" have no forests, they cannot live...

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male approx. 97cm / Female approx. 78cm
Weight: Male approx. 60-90kg / Female approx. 40-50kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

Only found on Sumatra and in Borneo in Southeast Asia.

What they eat

Orangutans like fruits such as mango and durians. Other than that, they will eat tree leaves, bark, and sometimes bird eggs.

What they are like

Orangutans stay in the trees. They make beds out of leaves and branches. Orangutans are very clever and when it rains, they use large leaves as an umbrella.

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The forests are disappearing; ---farms are being built in their home...
In the Malay language Orangutan means a "forest person". Like the name says, these animals are close to humans and live in the forest canopies. But, people are cutting down the trees, and now the forests are slowly disappearing.

Large fires breaking out in the forests
Forest fires are troubling the Orangutans in their habitat. There are many forest fires because there aren't as many trees in the forest as before. The wind spread s the fires very easily. In addition, people burn the forests down to build farms. We are afraid the Orangutans will lose their forest and disappear. The Orangutans - "forest people" - cannot live without their forests.

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