|Species:||abelii (Sumatran orangutan) or pygmaeus (bornean orangutan)|
|Life span:||Up to 59 years under human care|
|Gestation:||About 8.5 months|
|Number of young at birth:||Usually 1, sometimes 2|
|Age of maturity:||Females at about 12 years, males at about 15 years|
|Size:||Females average 45 in tall; males average 54 in tall|
|Weight:||Females average 81.5 lbs and males average 191 lbs|
|Size at birth:||3.5 to 4.5 lbs|
Come visit Max and Jenny inside the Vanishing Kingdom.
- Orangutans name means “people of the forest”
- Live in tropical and swam forests on the southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra
- Have shaggy red hair
- Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammal and only great ape found in Asia
- Orangutans are the most solitary of all the great apes, with the main social bond between a mother and her offspring
- Spend most of their lives in trees and travel by swinging from branch to branch with their long arms
- Usually build a new nest every night but may occasionally reuse one.
- Use leafy branches to shelter themselves from rain and sun, sometimes even draping large leaves over themselves like a poncho.
- Primarily eat fruit, but also leaves, flowers, bark, termites, ants and other insects.
- Orangutan youngsters stay with their mothers until about age 8
- Orangutan arms stretch over 7 ft from fingertip to fingertip