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Species Spotlight: Orangutan

Orangutan and baby

Highly intelligent creatures, orangutans share most of what other species’ DNA?


More interesting facts about orangutans:

Which islands are the only two places in the world where orangutans live?


What are the two species of orangutan?


What does the orangutan’s name mean?


About Orangutans

  • Orangutan


    Orangutans are found only in the lowland forests of Borneo and Sumatra in Southeast Asia.

  • Sumatran Orangutan


    Fruit makes up 60 percent of the orangutan's diet.

  • Sumatran Orangutan


    In addition to habitat destruction and fragmentation, wildlife trade threatens the orangutan’s long-term survival.

  • Bornean Orangutan

    Interesting Fact

    Adult males are distinguished by their large size (five feet long and up to 200 pounds), throat pouch, and cheek pads on either side of the face.


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