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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.

Stable
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

  • We provide salaries, equipment and support for people in Borneo protecting wild orangutans.
  • Replanted over 30,000 trees in Borneo for orangutans to thrive in 2019.
  • Provided more than 11,000 children and teachers in Borneo with information about local wildlife and the importance of forests for animals like the orangutan.

How You Can Help

Donate to help save orangutans in the wild

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Orangutan News / More ›

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September 11, 2019

Houston Zoo’s Male Orangutan Pumpkin Dies

Let’s Talk Animal Enrichment
August 8, 2019

Let’s Talk Animal Enrichment