Orangutan (Bornean)

Orangutan (Bornean)

Órangútan Boirneoch

  • Scientific name: Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus
  • IUCN status: Endangered
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivore – fruit, tree bark and insects.

Orangutan means ‘person of the forest’ in the Indonesian language and they are renowned for their intelligence and strength. They are increasingly threatened by deforestation and the conversion of their habitat into palm oil plantations. Young orangutans are being captured for the illegal pet trade. Orangutans have a slow reproduction rate, with females having only one offspring every six to eight years.

Keeper’s Secret

Male orangutans have large throat pouches and cheek pads. They weigh up to 80kg, making them the largest treeliving mammal.

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