- For the first 2 years of life, young Orangutans rely entirely on their mothers for both food and transportation. The moms stay with them for 6 to 7 years, teaching them where to find food, what and how to eat and how to build a sleeping nest. Females visit their mothers to continue learning until they are 15 or 16.
- The word Orangutan comes from the Malay language and means ‘person of the forest’ – from the words ‘orang’ meaning people and ‘hutan’ meaning forest.
- In the wild, orangutans may live up to 45 years or more. The oldest orangutan kept in captivity was a male called “Guas” at the Philadelphia Zoo who lived until he was 58 years old!
- Orangutans live in Indonesia and Malaysia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. These are the only places where they live in the wild.
- Unlike the other great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and humans) orangutans do not like to live in groups. Female orangutans usually have 1 or 2 babies with them, but males are usually alone.
Did you learn anything today? Do you know something we dont? Why not let us know in the comments and keep checking back for more Did You Know blogs!