The Little Rock Zoo

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Facts about Orangutans

Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about Orangutans, trivia and information, including some useful statistics about animals will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about Orangutans are as follows:

Fact 1 - Definition: A large long-armed ape of Borneo and Sumatra with reddish-brown shaggy hair
Fact 2 - Orangutans are part of the great ape family. There are four types of great apes: Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos and Orangutans. Orangutans have longer arms than other great apes and are are about 2/3 the size of the gorilla
Fact 3 - They are extremely intelligent and are able to make use of a variety of tools
Fact 4 - Orangutans are referred to as Arboreal referring to their movement in trees which include moving on narrow branches, moving up and down inclines, balancing, crossing gaps and dealing with obstructions. Swinging from one branch to another is called brachiating
Fact 5 - Orangutans are found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra
Fact 6 - Orangutan - Man of the forrest: The word "orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" meaning man) and "(h)utan" (meaning forest); hence, "man of the forest"
Fact 7 - There are 2 species of orangutan - the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) - both are classified by by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered Species
Fact 8 - The Bornean Orangutan is classified 'Endangered' (Status: Threatened) - In the immediate probability of becoming extinct and require protection to exist
Fact 9 - The Sumatran Orangutan is classified 'Critically Endangered' (Status: Threatened) - Face an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future
Fact 10 - Orangutan standing height: 4 to 5 ft (1.2 to 1.5 m)
Fact 11 - Orangutan weight: 73 to 180 pounds (33 to 82 kg)
Fact 12 - Orangutan has an average arm span of about 7.5 ft (2 m)
Fact 13 - Orangutans have no tail
Fact 14 - Orangutans are sometimes referred to as “red apes.”
Fact 15 - They have approximately 3 offspring in their lifetime
Fact 16 - Orangutans have opposable thumbs meaning that they can touch each of their fingers with their thumb
Fact 17 - Lifespan: 50 years
Fact 18 - The orangutan has a large head with a prominent mouth area. Adult males have large cheek flaps
Fact 19 - Orangutans have senses very similar to humans including hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch
Fact 20 - The Orangutans are omnivores, this means they eat both vegetables and meat.
Fact 21 - Orangutan nests: They construct a "nest" in the tree branches for the night in which they will curl up and sleep
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