5 Interesting Facts About Bornean Orangutans

Bornean Orangutan

This is a male Bornean orangutan relaxing

Today I want to write about an amazing species of animal, the Bornean orangutan.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These magnificent apes grow up to 1.4 metres tall and weigh about 75 kg, making them the third largest apes in the world after the two species of gorilla.  Males are much larger than females.  Their very long arms can grow up to 1.5 metres long.
  2. Bornean orangutans are different to Sumatran orangutans in that they have darker fur, a wider face and a longer beard.
  3. They live alone and spend most of their time in trees, using their long arms to move from branch to branch.  Oranguntans are the largest tree-dwelling mammal in the world.  They also make nests out of leaves to sleep in at night.  They eat about 400 different kinds of food, including fruit, honey, leaves, flowers and insects.  They are very clever and often use sticks as tools to help them catch and eat food.
  4. They are the slowest breeding mammal on the planet, with a gap of eight years between babies.
  5. Bornean orangutans used to be found in forests throughout southeast Asia, but now they are only found on the island of Borneo.  They are considered endangered, mainly due to habitat loss.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Bornean orangutans?

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