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Sumatran orangutan - Wikipedia adult orangutans


Orangutans live a more solitary lifestyle than the other great apes. Most social bonds occur between adult females and their dependent and weaned offspring. Adult males and independent adolescents of both sexes tend to live alone. Orangutan societies are made up Class: Mammalia.

About Orangutans. The name “orangutan” literally translates into English as “person of the forest”. It comes from Malay and Bahasa Indonesian orang (person) and hutan (forest). Orangutans are extremely intelligent creatures who clearly have the ability to reason and think.

Orangutans have large home ranges and low population densities, which complicates conservation efforts. Population densities depend to a large degree on the abundance of fruits with soft pulp. Sumatran orangutan will commute seasonally between lowland, intermediate, and Class: Mammalia.

Adult males fight with each other to win a mate. Sometimes they are seriously hurt. The word “orangutan” means “person of the forest.” Orangutans are very smart. They use tools, such as sticks, to scratch their backs, get insects out of trees or break open nuts. Some orangutans use leaves as napkins to wipe their faces.