Orangutan

Blaine Broussard

Orangutan Classification

Orangutans are as follows:
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Hominidae
  • Genus: Pongo
  • Type of Species: Pongo Borneo
The Orangutan is species that is closely related to homo erectus, homo habilis, homo sapiens, and Chimpanzees in every way.

Habitat and Diet

The Orangutan lives in very moist areas like the Indonesia and Malaysia on the islands of Borneo. They prefer swamp like jungles and other areas with lots of trees.
And since they are herbivores and they live in such a moist environment they choose to mostly eat fruits, vegetables, and other regular plants.

Life Style

Male orangutans choose to live in solitude until mating season, but under rare circumstances the male will stay with the female until the baby has matured.
The Females however stay with the infants either their whole life or until the baby matures.

Movement and Size

All orangutans move by using their arms as crutches on the ground or they use them to swing along tree branches.
The Females height is usually from 2.6 to 3.6 feet tall and 110 lb., but the males are usually 3.28 to 4.6 feet tall and 200 lb.

Endangerment and Fun Facts

The Orangutan is a highly endangered species as a result of deforestation, but the people of Indonesia and Malaysia are putting in an effort to decline the deforestation in the area of the Orangutans.
Fun Fact 1- The arm length of a fully grown male orangutan is the height of Yao Ming.
Fun Fact 2- The Orangutan's with the flat faces are only 1 of 100 orangutans