Orangutans are the largest living arboreal
Other Names: Borneo Orang-utan, Maias,
Orang-outan, Orang-után, Orangotango, Sumatran
Orangutan Species Include:
Bornean Orangutan - Pongo
Sumatran Orangutan - Pongo Abelii
Conservation Status: Endangered /
Orangutan in Foreign Languages:
Arabic: 'insaan al-ghaab
Indonesian: orang utan/ mawas
Malay: orang utan / mawas
Navajo: mágí di'ilí
Thai: ling ů-rang-ů-dtang
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
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
Social Structure: Orangutans are primarily
solitary, with the exception of a female with her
young and during mating season.