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.
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.
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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