Species Spotlight: Orangutan

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Questions and Answers

Why is orangutan habitat disappearing?
Their habitat is fast disappearing to make way for oil palm plantations and other agricultural plantations, as well as for poorly planned infrastructure projects.

Where do orangutans live?
Borneo and Sumatra.

How many species of orangutans are there?
Three - Sumatran, Bornean, Tapanuli, which is a third species of orangutan recognized in November 2017. With no more than 800 individuals in existence, the Tapanuli orangutan is the most endangered of all great apes.


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