Into The Endangered

Sumatran Orangutan


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Genus: Pongo

Species: P. abelii

What is the Sumatran Orangutan?

Orangutans have shaggy reddish fur and long facial hair. They have long muscular arms and gripping hands and feet which allow them to sway from branch to branch.

Interesting Facts:

Orangutans stay together in tight groups.

They stay with there young for up to 8 years.

They are 66-198 pounds and 4-5 feet.

There are only 7,500 left, with that number shrinking every day.

Their Habitat And Food:

Orangutans mostly live in the rain forests of the southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their diet is mostly fruit but they also eat leaves, insects, soil, eggs, and small vertebrates and get their water from tree holes. Their habitats are tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests.

The Role In Their Environment:

Orangutans are fruigivores (fruit eaters) and play a vital role in the dispersal of seeds. If they were to disappear, so would several tree species.

The Threats:

Orangutans are being hunted to keep in houses as pets for a status symbol, and some are hunted for food. They are also losing the forests to fires and conversions of their land into oil palm plantations and other agricultural development.

Whats Being Done:

WWF works with TRAFFIC, an international organization dedicated to ensuring that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature, to help governments enforce restrictions on trade. They are focused on securing landscape for major orangutan habitats. I think what needs to be done should be done quickly, and WWF and TRAFFIC need to set aside many acres for these orangutans to survive.