Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammals which spend their time mostly on trees. They are the species of great ape, scientifically known as
Where do orangutans live?
These great apes are native to Indonesia and Malaysia, in the Malay language, the meaning of orangutans is “man of the forests.” These species reside in solitary existence. Orang-utans mainly live in the peat swamp forests in mountainous lowland swampy areas.
How much does an orangutan weigh?
The average weight of a male orangutan is 165 pounds. While a female orangutan will weigh up to 82 pounds, male orangutans can stand tall to 4 feet and 6 inches, whereas a female can stand 3 feet and 9 inches.
The average lifespan of an orangutan is 30 years, both in wild and captivity.
The Bornean orangutan is the only apes native to the island of
Bornean Orangutan Facts:
- The diet of a Bornean orangutan includes 60% fruits, and another plant material comprises leaves, flowers, bark, and nuts.
- The life span of these species is up to 50 years.
- Although they can walk, they travel by swinging from one branch to another. Orangutans are unable to swim, so during the rainy and summer season, these species shelter themselves by holding leafy branches over their heads.
- Female orangutans gave birth once every eight years, and the toddler stays with the mother until they haven’t learned the necessary skills to survive.
- The loud howl of an orangutan can be heard for miles. The males usually make this sound so that they can stay out of each other’s territory.
Orangutans are classified as critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The reasons behind their declined population is the increasing rate of deforestation, logging, fire, poaching and palm oil plantation. Orangutans are arboreal mammals which spend their life on trees, so logging is the biggest problem for these species. Combustion is initiated to clear the land for the growth of farming and palm oil plantation, the smoke from the fire baffle them to death.
Where Are Orangutans Located:
One-tenth of Indonesia’s earning is dependent on the export of palm oil; because it is used in the packaged foods, deodorants, soaps, shampoos, etc. for the plantation of palm oil, forests are cut down which leads to suffering orangutans in the habitat loss. These species are poached and hunted for their meat, baby orangutans are sold in the black market, and the mother orangutan is killed.