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In Malay orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Thus, orangutan literally means “person of the forest.” Orangutans’ arms stretch out longer than their bodies – up to 8

Why are orangutans in danger of becoming extinct?

Threats to the orangutan The destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest, in Borneo and Sumatra is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction. This has been caused primarily by

What’s an orangutan’s favourite fruit?

Orangutan Geographical Range In the past orangutans ranged throughout Southeast Asia all the way into southern China and were found on the island of Java and in southern Sumatra. Orangutans are now found only

Why do male orangutans have huge throat sacks?

Social Organization Orangutans are semi-solitary species but remain, to some degree, somewhat social. Flanged adult male orangutans are the most solitary of all orangutan age/sex classes. Their participation in social groups is usually limited