Orangutans are found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. They live in Sumatra and Borneo. These gentle giants can reach a height of five feet. However, the males are generally four feet tall while the females are slightly shorter at three feet. An adult male orangutan can weigh up to 220 pounds, while the females weigh 110 pounds. The word “Orangutan” is Malay in origin and means “man of the forest”.
They make use of their hands and legs to move around in the forests. Their knees and legs are not strongly developed but their forelimbs are very powerful helping these creatures to hang from tree branches. They have beautiful orange reddish long hair all over their body giving the.
They eat during daytime. Fruits, nuts, leaves, insects, birds and barks form their main source of nourishment. They build nests for sleeping. These nests are constructed around forty to fifty feet above the ground and are made up of branches. They communicate with each other by making squeaking or whining sounds. Orangutans have been found to live for nearly 45 years in the wild. They can live a little longer when bred in captivity.
Orangutans live and dwell on trees. Deforestation of rainforests has led to a drastic decrease in their population. Humans have mercilessly cut down thousands of trees over the years. These creatures are also captured and sold as pets. Illegal exportation, deforestation and exploitation of natural resources have made them endangered. Today, less than 20,000 orangutans are left in the wild making it a serious cause of concern for our ecosystem and its environment.
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