Orangutan basic anatomy:


Height - Males are about 1.5m and females are about 1.2m
Weight - Males 93-130kg and females 48-55kg
Life Span - 60 years or more
Gestation - About 8.5 months
Number of young at birth - 1, very rarely 2

There are two types of orangutans, Bornean and Sumatran. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the Sumatran orangutans are considered critically endangered with a low number of under 7000 left. The Bornean orangutans also endangered, with a declined population of over 50% in the last 60 years. 


Interesting Information

 

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Orangutans are very intelligent animals. They are very curious and enjoy learning new tricks.

 

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They are very gentle and love sitting around for hours.

 

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Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling animals in the world. They spend most of their time in trees eating fruit.

 

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 Orangutans can live up to 60 years old.

 

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 Orangutans are of two kinds: Bornean and Sumatran. The Bornean orangutans are heavier than the Sumatran ones.

 

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Female orangutans only give birth every 8 years and they are also fertile for more than 30 years.

 

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Baby orangutans hang on to their mothers' backs. They hang on their mother’s back until they are about 6 years old.