The orangutan (Pongo Pygaemus Abeli) is a species of great ape. They usually weigh about 80-180 pounds and have red hair all over their body. They are usually about four 1/2 feet tall. In Bahasa, the language spoken in Indonesia and Malaysia, orang means "person" and hutan means "forest," so orangutan means "person of the forest." Orangutans
have incredibly strong long arms that help them sway from tree to tree in
their home. The diet
of orangutans consists mainly of fruits, plants and a few
small vertebrates or birds. Recent studies show that now the orangutan
eats more meat due to deforestation of fruit trees in Sumatra and
Besides zoos, orangutans live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. According to scientists, they once lived in Java, Vietnam and China.
It is horrible that orangutans are becoming endangered, but there are things people can do to save them. They are endangered for many reasons. They are endangered because of hunting, the collection of animals for zoos, and destruction of their habitat.
Here are some things you can do:
- Don’t buy orangutan products
since the chances are that orangutans have been killed for them.
This will also discourage poaching.
- Don‘t engage in pet trade of orangutans, or the orangutans will get killed by bad people and you will go to prison.
- Don’t visit circuses that use orangutans so that these creatures are left in the wild.
- Don’t buy products made of Sumatran or Bornean wood or plants so the orangutan’s habitat isn’t destroyed.
- Share this information with your friends to increase awareness of this endangered animal.
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