Orangutans refer to red-haired apes that are native to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra which are located in Southeast Asia

Orangutans are referred to as the “human of the forest”

These red-haired apes are believed to have a DNA that is 97% identical to that of human beings. In fact, the name orangutan is derived from two Malay words “orang” and “hutan” which means “human of the forest.” There are three species of the Orangutans namely the Bornean, the Sumatran, and the Tapanuli. Another similarity to humans is that they are very intelligent and can use tools.

Males are distinctively bigger than female Orangutans. They are 5.5 feet tall and weigh 150 pounds. The males also possess enormous cheek flaps called flanges, as well as large throat pouches. On the other hand, females are less than 4 feet tall and weigh 80 pounds. Females find the male cheek flaps attractive.

Female Orangutans give birth once in every eight years

Female Orangutans give birth once in every eight years

Interesting Facts about Orangutans

  • Orangutans are one of the noisiest creatures on earth

  • The life of the Orangutans is 30-40 years in the wild.

  • More specifically, there are 100,000 Bornean species, fewer than 14,000 Sumatrans, and less than 800 Tapanuli species left on earth

  • Orangutans possess some of the longest arms in the world. Surprisingly, their arms are longer than their legs

  • Orangutans build nests used for sleeping purposes

  • Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling (arboreal) species on earth.

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