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Orangutan

Orangutan means “man of the forest” in Malay and Indonesian languages. Orangutans are the only one of the four great apes (orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee, and bonobo) not native to Africa; they live in the southeast asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

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Threatened
Endangered

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Pongo pygmaeus

Range

Borneo and Sumatra

Location in the Zoo

Wortham World of Primates

Cool Animal Fact

Males are twice the size of females and have large cheekpads and long dreadlocks as indicators of full adulthood.

How We Help Save Them

  • The Zoo provides salaries, equipment, and support for people in Borneo protecting wild orangutans at our conservation partner organization called Hutan.
  • The Zoo provides support for people from local communities in Borneo to replant trees in Borneo for orangutans to thrive.
  • The Zoo provides support for wildlife professionals from local communities in Borneo to monitor wild orangutan movement and behavior. This data informs future wild orangutan protection plans.

How You Can Help

Donate to help save orangutans in the wild.

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Orangutan News / More ›

Home Makeover: Orangutan Edition
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Home Makeover: Orangutan Edition

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Houston Zoo’s Male Orangutan Pumpkin Dies
September 11, 2019

Houston Zoo’s Male Orangutan Pumpkin Dies