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PRIMATE SPECIES: Orangutan



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Orangutan
Photo courtesy Philip Greenspun

Unlike many other ape species, orangutans tend to be loners. They are very strong animals, easily climbing through the treetops with their exceptionally long arms. They live in southern China and throughout most of Southeast Asia. In addition, there are two subspecies of orangutan, one in Borneo and the other in Sumatra.

A full-grown male orangutan weighs on average about 150 lbs., Although he can weigh as much as 200 lbs. The female is somewhat smaller, usually between 85 and 100 lbs. Orangutans feed mainly on fruit, and range over large areas looking for food.

Orangutans rarely come down out of the trees because, on the ground, they are almost helpless, due to their short, weak legs and the fact that their feet do not flatten out properly for walking.

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