Pictures of Orangutans (Great Ape).
Species: Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo Abelii), Bornean Orangutan (Pongo Pygmaeus)
Lifespan: Orangutans live to be about 30 years old in the wild, but can live to be over 50 years old when kept in captivity.
Size & Weight: Male Orangutans are larger than females and are about 4 and a half feet tall and 200 pounds. Females Orangutans are about 3 feet tall and 100 pounds.
Habitat: Orangutans are only found living wild in the tropical rain forests Borneo and northern Sumatra.
Family Life: Orangutans are the most arboreal of the Great Apes. They are solitary creatures that only seek companionship when it's time to mate. Sometimes, when orangutans gather to feed, young orangutans will play together whilet he adults go on with their lives and ignore one another. Mature female Orangutans only give birth about once every eight years. Young Orangutans stay with their mothers for roughly ten years,which is about the time they reach maturity.
Diet: About half of the Orangutans diet consists of fruit, but they also eat nuts, seeds, bark and insects. Orangutans are highly intelligent and can make tools to catch and eat termites. They have even been seen teaching their young how to use tools to catch food.
- Orangutans are the first non-human species to calculate the benefits and value of a gift and keep track of them over time
- Orangutan means "Person of the forest" in the language of Malay
- Orangutans have been taught to use sign language and it is debatable that they are more intelligent than Chimps