Orangutans are ape-like in their body shape with shaggy reddish brown fur. They have grasping hands and feet. They have very long arms that can reach as much as 2 meters in length. Orangutans's legs are quite short and weak, but their hands and arms are strong. The female orangutan weighs 30-50 kilograms, and the male weighs 50-90 kilograms
Orangutans are found in Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. They were once widespread throughout mainland Asia. Orangutans prefer a habitat that exists along rivers and in lowlands because of their high need of fruit. An Orangutan's normal habitat is the tropical rainforest. The map on the right shows the distribution of Orangutans in Indonesia. Click on the map to enlarge.
The orangutan likes spending a lot of time alone, although, of course a female with a baby will spend all her time with the baby. Some females do like to spend a bit of time with other orangutans, but the males pretty much spend their time alone. Sumatran orangutans are more social than orangutans in Borneo.
To watch an orangutan in action, click on the video below!