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Orangutan fact

  • Orangutan is the only great ape found outside of Africa.
  • The term of “orangutan” taken from Malay words, Orang means person and Utan means. forest. Thus, orangutan means the forest man.   
  • Orangutan is arboreal  which means they spend most of their time on the top of tree
  • Orangutan is also a semi solitaire and rarely in a group.
  • Orangutan can live up to 45 – 50 years old in the wild.
  • Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii) shares 96,4 % DNA with human
  • Orangutan baby will stay with their mother until they are about 6 – 7 years old.
  • Female orangutan baby can give birth to their first baby on 9 – 12 years old.
  • A male orangutan has a bigger cheeck pad than female once they hit 20 years old.
  • The bigger size of the cheek pad shows the older age of the male orangutan.
  • Orangutan is 4 times stronger than human.
  • An orangutan’s hand is longer than their body.
  • Orangutan’s food is  varied up to 300 variations of fruits, young leaves, flowers, tree bark, insect and dirts.
  • Orangutan is also smart in using the tools such as umbrella from leaves to protect them from rain
  • Orangutan can make their nest up to 3 times a day
  • Orangutan nest is made from leaves and tree braches
  • Orangutan is a critically endangered species due to the encroachment activities and illegal expansion of oil palm plantation.


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