Skip to Content
The Houston Zoo is temporarily closed. Tickets will go back on sale when the Zoo opens on April 30.
All Animals


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.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Pongo pygmaeus


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

  • Two orangutan bridges were refurbished to allow for orangutans to move freely across fragmented forest patches
  • 12,370 school children participated in environmental education programs
  • Planted more than 16,000 seedlings from 20 native species helping with forest restoration efforts
  • Wildlife Warrior, Eddie, trained for 2 weeks in Australia to learn about camera trap techniques and wildlife monitoring

How You Can Help

Donate to help save orangutans in the wild

Donate Today

Orangutan News / More ›

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

Houston Zoo’s Male Orangutan Pumpkin Dies

Let’s Talk Animal Enrichment
August 8, 2019

Let’s Talk Animal Enrichment

Saving Orangutans, One Bridge at a Time
August 23, 2018

Saving Orangutans, One Bridge at a Time