Bornean Orangutan

Pongo Pygmaeus

We are the largest tree-dwelling animals on Earth, and our name is derived from the Malay and Indonesian words “orang” meaning “person” and “hutan” meaning “forest”. We are the only great apes of Asia and we originate from Borneo.

Living in the forest, we camouflage very well because of the little sunlight that filters through the dense canopy. It reflects green light and absorbs the red-orange light that is similar to the color of our coat.

We are very smart and strong, too. Our strength is believed to be 7 times stronger than a human’s strength! Yet, we are gentle creatures and can sit for hours just gazing.

We are omnivores and we love to eat leaves, shoots, fruits, and even bird eggs.

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