Bornean Orangutan
Pongo pygmaeus

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Range and habitat:
Orangutans live in the tropical rainforest areas, from lowland swamps to upland forests, on the island of Borneo. Orangutans are arboreal, meaning that they live in trees.

Natural diet:
Orangutans eat fruit, young leaves, shoots, bark, soil and animal prey including insects, eggs, baby birds and squirrels. Males eat more termites than females. Orangutans can eat over 400 species of plants. Feeding takes place at the periphery of trees 66 feet to 98 feet high.

Size / weight range:
Males can be as tall as 38.2 inches, females are up to 30.7 inches tall. Males can weigh between 280 and 350 pounds; females can weigh between 80 and 130 pounds. Newborns weigh around 3.3 pounds.

Interesting facts:
The orangutans at The Toledo Zoo are part of the Species Survival Plan to ensure a healthy and genetically diverse population in North American zoos.
Orangutans are diurnal, meaning that they are active during the day.
They spend most of their day eating (46%) or resting (39%).
Orangutans are critically endangered due to extreme habitat loss.
Orangutans have 18 vocalizations, most notably the long call of the male; it can be heard up to .6 miles (1 km).
The word “orangutan” is variously translated as “wild man of the forest” or “man of the forest".

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Kingdom of the Apes

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