Bornean Orangutan

Like it’s name suggests, the Bornean orangutan lives in Borneo, Asia. They live in tropical subtropical and moist forests. Here they feed on over 400 different types of foods including the inner shoots of plants and vines.

The biggest threat to this endangered orangutan species is deforestation, their homes are being cut down to make room for palm oil plantation. There is now only an average of 54,500 individual Bornean orangutans left in the wild. Whilst this is several thousand more than what their close cousins the Sumatran orangutan (who have a population of 6,600), it is dwarfed when compared to the human population consisting of over 7,000,000,000 individuals.

The Bornean orangutan is suckled every 3-4 hours and by 4 months they will take soft food from their mothers mouths as well. However they don’t stop feeding on their mothers milk, they do however get weaned at 4 years of age or even much longer. Soon after they stop clinging to their mothers back they will go off to find friends to play and travel with.

When human kind first discovered orangutans they thought that they were just other human beings. The word orangutan means person of the forest.

mother and baby orangutan

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