Orang Utan, from the Malay language, means “Man Of The Forest”. They are endemic to Borneo and Sumatra only. These two islands are the only places on earth that supports natural Orang Utan populations. The highest population is possibly in the Kinabatangan, which is located in the eastern part of North Borneo, Sabah. This is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia.

There are three species of Orang Utan, namely the Borneon Orang Utan, Sumatran Orang Utan and Tapanuli Orang Utan. The latter was identified in 2017 in another part of Sumatra. Within Borneo, there are 3 sub-species. The ones that I have documented here are from the lower Kinabatangan, Sabah. They are the Pongo Pygmaeus Pygmaeus. With close observation, each sub species have their own distinct characteristics, such as colours of the fur, cheek pad and sizes.

Orang Utan's lifespan in the wild is about 40 years in the wild while those in the zoo could live up to 50 years.

Orang Utans are arboreal and mostly herbivorous. These red apes are the only Great Ape in Asia.

Young Orang Utan stays with their mother until the age of seven.

They have strong arms and strong legs to swing between trees and to roam the rainforest.

They are endangered primates due to massive destruction of their habitats caused by deforestation, mostly land conversions for palm oil plantations and forest fires.

How can you help to conserve them? Here are some of the ways for global citizens to help:-

#Support conservation work in the areas where their habitats are under threat.

#Look through products that you purchase to ensure the supply chain is sustainable and did not cause any forest destruction to produce them.

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