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An ape is any member of the Hominoidea superfamily of primates, including humans. Due to its ambiguous nature, the term ape has been deemphasized in favor of Hominoidea as a means of describing taxonomic relationships. Except for gorillas and humans, all true apes are agile climbers of trees. They are best described as omnivorous, their diet consisting of fruit, including grass seeds, and in most cases other animals, either hunted or scavenged, along with anything else available and easily digested.


Orangutans are the largest living arboreal animals

Orangutan Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Pongo

Other Names: Borneo Orang-utan, Maias, Orang-outan, Orang-után, Orangotango, Sumatran Orang-utan


Orangutan Species Include:

Bornean Orangutan - Pongo Pygmaeus
Sumatran Orangutan - Pongo Abelii


Conservation Status: Endangered / Critically Endangered

Orangutan in Foreign Languages:

Arabic: 'insaan al-ghaab
Armenian: ňrangutan
Catalan: orangutan
Czech: orangutan
Dutch: orang-oetan
Finnish: oranki
French: orang-outan
German: Orang-Utan
Greek: ourakotágkos
Hungarian: orangután
Indonesian: orang utan/ mawas
Italian: orango
Japanese: oran'utan
Korean: orang-utan
Malay: orang utan / mawas
Mandarin: xingxing
Navajo: mágí di'ilí
Portuguese: orangotango
Romanian: urangutan
Russian: orangután
Spanish: orangután
Swedish: orangutang
Thai: ling ů-rang-ů-dtang
Turkish: orangutan

Size: Female orangutans weigh about half of what a male orangutan weighs. Male orangutans weigh 110-198 lbs while female orangutans weigh 66-110 lbs. Orangutans are about 4-6 feet in length.

Habitat: Orangutans are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. They are currently found only in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra.

Description: Orangutans have thin, shaggy, reddish-brown hair that cover their body and limbs. Orangutans have long arms, that can expand up to 5 feet.

Diet: Orangutans feed mainly on fruits, vegetation, insects, small vertebrates and birds eggs. Orangutans have a special fondness for wild figs.

Behavior: Orangutans have a home range that encompasses .4 to 3.7 square miles.

Gestation: Orangutans carry their young for about 8.5 months.

Did You Know?

Translated from Malay, orangutan means person of the forest.

Birth: Orangutans give birth to babies weighing 3.3 - 4.5 lbs.

Sexually Mature: Male orangutans sexually mature around the age of 15, while female orangutans sexually mature around the age of 13 years of age.

Life Span: Orangutans live 35-40 years in the wild and can live 50-60 years in captivity.

Did You Know?

Orangutans use a use a variety of sophisticated tools to make their lives easier.

Social Structure: Orangutans are primarily solitary, with the exception of a female with her young and during mating season.

Ape Gifts




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