Amazing Orangutans

By Tonka Dobreva 05.05.2015 interact

There are many primate species, but orangutans just might be the most interesting. Their intelligence has been studied for years, and scientists have found that orangutans behave and interact in ways not seen in any other kind of animal. Check out some cool facts about our distant relatives below.

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  • Orangutans live most of their lives above ground, in the trees of the rainforest. They get their food and water from trees, and build nests to sleep every night.
  • They can identify hundreds of species of fruit, plants and flowers, knowing which ones are safe to eat.
  • Orangutans are great apes, not monkeys.
  • Wild orangutans are only found on the Asian islands of Sumatra and Borneo.
  • Unlike other great apes like chimpanzees, orangutans like to live alone instead of in groups.
  • When it rains, orangutans will make umbrellas out of big leaves.
  • Orangutans can be taught to solve problems and use computers. They also are very good at learning to use the items around them.

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  • Since they swing from tree to tree to get around, orangutans are seven times stronger than humans.
  • The word orangutan means “man of the forest.”
  • Human activities like logging for palm oil have caused the orangutan population to decline.
  • Orangutans make the “duck lips” face as a warning to stay away.
  • Orangutans can’t swim, but they will play in water.
  • Like other apes, orangutans use “medicines.” They will eat soil or rocks to treat stomach problems and use plants on injuries.
  • Humans share almost 97 percent of our DNA with orangutans.

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  • Like humans, orangutan babies spend years with their mothers learning their way around the world.
  • In captivity, orangutans have learned to communicate with humans using signs.
  • Some orangutans build complicated nests with roofs, pillows and blankets.
  • Both the Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are on the list of endangered species.
  • Compared to other primates, orangutans are usually more gentle and kind to humans.

comments

  1. Mariam

    It sad to know that animals we share alike DNA are being killed for our selfish desires.

  2. ayanleh

    Wooow they are so cute

  3. ubaldo moreno

    I think we don’t need to destroy their homes just for the oil. they are like humans too. we don’t need that oil for fast food. fast food is not the only food in this world. we have plenty more food to eat like salids,soup,tacos and different types not just fast food.

  4. courtneygaskins2000

    People need to quit hurting these monkeys. These monkeys did not do anything to these people that are hurting them. ..
    (SAVE ARE MONKEYS AND QUIT HURTING THEM). THEY ARE JUST LIKE YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE HURTING THEM. I DON’T SEE WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO HURT THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS. IF YOU WANT TO HURT THEM THEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS! TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. JUST BECAUSE THEY AREN’T HUMAN DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN HURT THEM AN ANY KIND OF WAY !!!!!!/ THAT YOU THINK OF !!!!! (SO STOP BEING A PARTY POOPER AND SAVE THESE ANIMALS)!!!! JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT A HUMAN…DON’T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO DISRESPECT THEM . THEY HAVE A LIFE TO LIVE JUST LIKE YOU DO. PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING THIS YOU NEED TO STOP IT. YOU NEED TO THINK WHAT THESE MONKEYS GO THROUGH BEFORE YOU START TO TERRORIZE THEM !!!

    • Asa

      EXACTLY.

      • courtneygaskins2000

        Thank you mam

  5. Molly

    owww they are so cute

  6. Jennifer

    I love Orangutans And I think it’s pretty sad seeing their home get destroyed. It’s so thoughtful of the who are saving the orangutans. If I could, I would too help them save the orangutans. They are so human-like because they share 96% of our human DNA,they only need 4% DNA to be humans that look different from everybody. It really breaks my heart to see them do this. I hope the people who are doing this realize their destroying homes and stop.

    • Asa

      How do they do that without second thinking about what they are doing

  7. Asa

    I like Orangutans because the are just like us.

    • Asa

      how can these people do this

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