Sumantran Orangutan

(Pongo abelii)

The orangutan belongs to the great apes, and as a forest-dweller it feels most at home among the treetops. Both species, Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii) – the latter can be seen at the Zoo Berlin – are heavily endangered as their natural habitat is shrinking at an alarming pace.

CHARACTERISTICS

Range
Asia, Indonesia, in the northwest of the island Sumatra (another species lives on Borneo)

Habitat
tropical rainforest

Diet
Leaves, flowers and fruit, for example durian, are their favourite food, occasionally also insects for protein.

 

Size
up to 2.5 m long

Weight
up to 300 kg

Gestation period
11 - 13.5 months (including dormancy)

Population
Not endangered, an estimated 2 million animals

 

Athletic Forest Dwellers
Spend most of the time high up in the treetops. With their long arms spanning up to two meters and hook-like hands and feet they gracefully swing from branch to branch despite their weight of up to 100 kg.

Mum's the Greatest

Orangutan mothers are very loving and maintain a close connection to their offspring. Children stay with their mothers for up to seven years – that's how long it takes before orangutans give birth again. Adult males are mostly solitary animals.

Did you know...
...Sumatran orangutans are principally threatened by the deforestation of rainforests, the calls of grown males can be heard from up to 5 miles away and they build a new sleeping nest amidst the treetops every single day?