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Orangutans are impossibly sweet and ridiculously cute. Orangutans belong to the Family of the Great Apes, along with chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and humans. They are considered to be the most gentle / docile of all.

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 Orangutan females only give birth, on average, once every 8 years. That is the longest time between births of any mammal on Earth.

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Orangutans are highly intelligent. They’ve been taught to communicate using sign language (orangutans’ mouths are not adapted for speech). They use tools and have “culture”.

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Orangutans take a long, long time to grow up. Babies may be carried until they are 5 years old!

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Orangutan mothers nurse their babies for up to 6 years.

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Orangutans are the largest arboreal animals in the world. They spend 95% of their time in the trees.

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Orangutans are primarily vegetarian. They eat mostly plant materials, leaves, bark, vines, flowers, honey) as well as insects.

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Once males reach sexual maturity, they develop fleshy cheek pads and a high, fatty crown on their head. They also develop throat pouches which allow them to produce impressive bellows. They use these calls to announce their presence in a territory.

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Orangutans once ranged throughout Southeast Asia and into China. They’re now limited to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

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The biggest threat to these beautiful creatures is loss of habitat. They’re forests are being lost to palm oil plantations. You can use your consumer dollars to help save orangutans from extinction. Try to eliminate products that contain palm oil from your home.

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