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  Orangutan Foundation Internationsal
We have a variety of books and Art work featuring Orangutans.
We have a variety of E-cards and Wallpaper featuring Orangutans...
He came into the OFI Orangutan Care Center this month and needs your help.
www.orangutan.org   (207 words)

  San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Orangutan
Scientists like to explain the orangutan’s unique approach to problem solving with this example: If a chimp is given an oddly shaped peg and several different holes to try to put it in, the chimp will immediately try shoving the peg in various holes until it finds the hole that the peg fits in.
Orangutans spend most of their lives in trees and travel by swinging from branch to branch with their long arms.
In those cases, the orangutan orphan is usually doomed to a short and depressing life, unless it is rescued by an orangutan organization that takes care of orphans in special reserves.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-orangutan.html   (1135 words)

  ANIMAL BYTES - Bornean Orangutan
Unlike other great apes, orangutans are solitary by nature; this may be related to their need for large quantities of fruit, which are dispersed throughout the forest.
Orangutans shelter themselves from rain and sun by holding leafy branches over their heads, and when constructing a night nest in the trees, will sometimes add a leafy roof.
Understanding the relationship of orangutans to their environment is a first step in developing sound conservation strategies for this species in an increasingly threatened environment.
www.seaworld.org /animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/primates/bornean-orangutan.htm   (602 words)

  Orangutan - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
The word orangutan is derived from the Malay orang hutan meaning man of the forest.
Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees, making a new nest in the trees every night.
Wild orangutans are known to visit human-run facilities for orphaned young orangutans released from illegal captivity, interacting with the orphans and probably helping them adapt in their return to living in the wild.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/o/r/a/Orangutan.html   (651 words)

 Orangutan - MSN Encarta
Orangutans live only on the island of Borneo and in the northern corner of the island of Sumatra.
Orangutans accumulate fat in winter to prepare for the monsoon season in April through October, when food is scarce.
Also, the orangutan habitat is rapidly diminishing as a result of large-scale logging and burning of forests.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761555522/Orangutan.html   (501 words)

 orangutan. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Adult orangutans are basically solitary, except for mother-offspring pairs; however, weaned juveniles sometimes congregate in small groups.
The numbers of orangutans have recently dropped precipitously owing to loss of habitat to deforestation (logging, forest fires, and clearing of land for plantations) and the killing of females for their young, to be sold as pets or zoo animals.
Orangutans are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Pongidae.
www.bartleby.com /65/or/oranguta.html   (338 words)

 Orangutan - Pongo pygmaeus
The Orangutan is the largest of the tree dwelling apes of Southeast Asia.
Orangutans can grow up to five feet tall, but males are usually 4 feet tall and females are 3 feet.
There are many special adaptations for Orangutan in the rainforest, such as long, strong arms for traveling among the trees, curved feet for extra balance when standing on branches and opposable thumbs for grabbing branches.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /orangutan.htm   (764 words)

he orangutan, with its reddish-brown, shaggy hair, has a strong, heavily built body, and is the second-largest primate.
The orangutan's legs are relatively short and weaker than the arms.
Orangutans live alone, in pairs or in small family groups and are active in the daytime at all levels of the trees.
www.mbgnet.net /sets/rforest/animals/orang.htm   (241 words)

Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees, making a new nest in the trees every night.
Wild orangutans are known to visit human-run facilities for orphaned young orangutans released from illegal captivity, interacting with the orphans and probably helping them adapt in their return to living in the wild.
Orangutan Foundation International non-profit organization dedicated to "support the conservation and understanding of the orangutan and its rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive individuals as they make their way back to the forest.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Orangutan   (1261 words)

 Orangutan Encyclopedia Article @ LaunchBase.org (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The orangutans are two species of great apes with long arms and reddish, sometimes brown, hair native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
The orangutan is an official state animal of Sabah in Malaysia.
The word orangutan (also written orang-utan, orang utan and orangutang) is derived from the Malay orang hutan meaning man of the forest, although local people do not use this term to refer to orangutans.
www.launchbase.org /encyclopedia/Orangutan   (968 words)

The name of this homely creature is orangutan, and means “wild man” in Malay.
Orangutans are about two thirds the size of gorillas and very powerful.
The orangutan is very sensitive to human intrusion, and as a consequence, suffers a further reduction to their already low rate of reproduction.
www.nature.ca /notebooks/english/ogutan.htm   (207 words)

Recommendations are to offer orangutans 14% of their diet (as fed basis) as nutritionally complete primate biscuits and the remaining 86% as produce (as fed basis), with significantly higher proportions of raw vegetables and leafy green vegetables than fruit.
The proportionate length and volume of the orangutan’s large intestine reflect their ability to ferment significant quantities of fiber from which they are able to acquire energy.
Fruits eaten by free-ranging orangutans are much higher in structural fiber, while fruits cultivated for humans are typically lower in fiber and higher in sugar to satisfy human tastes.
www.nagonline.net /orangutan.htm   (6689 words)

 Lady WIld Lifes Orangutan Page
Orangutans are far less sociable than other apes and do not live in large social groups.
Because female orangutans do not mate again until an offspring is at least 3 years old, they may only succeed in raising two to three young in a lifetime.
On the ground, the orangutan walks on all fours limbs, with the feet bent inward and clenched, and the arms either placed flat or clenched on the ground.
ladywildlife.com /animal/orangutan.html   (803 words)

 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
Orangutans are large apes with long, red hair.
Orangutans have large brains and exhibit a high level of intelligence.
Orangutans live in humid jungles of Borneo and Sumatra.
www.thebigzoo.com /Animals/Orangutan.asp   (318 words)

 ADW: Pongo pygmaeus: Information
Bornean orangutans are only found in forested areas, but can be found in various types of forests, from low-level swamps to mountainous areas 1500 m in elevation.
A young orangutan clings to its mother's abdomen by entwining its fingers in and gripping her fur until it is a year old, then it begins to ride on her back, which it may continue to do until 2.5 years of age.
Bornean orangutans prefer many of the same types of fruit that people do, but their numbers are so small now that this is normally not a significant problem for human food production.
animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu /site/accounts/information/Pongo_pygmaeus.html   (1198 words)

 Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme - Protection, Conservation, Sumatra, Endangered Species, Tropical Rainforest, ...
All modern orangutan re-introduction programmes are initially based upon the extensive research of Dr. Herman Rijksen, a Dutch scientist, who in the early 1990’s’; devised new procedures and protocols for the introduction of former captive orangutans back to the wild.
The aim is to enable the orangutans to develop their climbing and nest building skills and to learn to feed independently.
The progress of orangutans in the socialization and adaptation phases is individually assessed and they are only released when the chances are high that they will be able to survive in their natural habitat.
www.sumatranorangutan.org /site_mawas/UK/PROJECT/pag/project_reintro.htm   (1842 words)

 Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu About Orang Utan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Adolescent orangutans are the most sociable, spending up to half of their time in small groups (between 2 and 5 individuals).
Orangutan infants stay with their mothers until they are about 7 or 8 years old, as they have a lot to learn before they can survive in the forest without their mother.
Orangutans have a slow reproductive rate -female orangutans have only one baby every 7 to 8 years in the process of capture the mother is shot.
www.shangri-la.com /kotakinabalu/rasaria/recreation/nature/en/index.aspx?ID=2501   (578 words)

 orangutan facts
That is why the orangutan is at a great disadvantage on the ground, and why the orangutan rarely comes down from the treetops.
It is thought that the orangutan must have a very detailed map of the forest in her mind, and detailed knowledge of the fruiting cycles of many species of trees.
Orangutans are one of the most critically endangered of the great apes, due to poaching and habitat loss.
www.orangutan.com /orangutanfacts/orangutan_facts.htm   (1004 words)

 Primates: Orangutans - National Zoo| FONZ
Orangutans crush tough foliage and hard-shelled nuts with their strong teeth and jaws.
Young orangutans may nurse until age six, and stay close to their mothers until the next offspring comes along.
Orangutans may live about 35 years in the wild, and up to 60 in zoos.
nationalzoo.si.edu /Animals/Primates/Facts/FactSheets/Orangutans/default.cfm   (660 words)

 Bagheera: An Endangered Species and Endangered Animal Online Education Resource
The orangutan's story is similar to that of a large number of Asian animals: its forest habitat is being rapidly destroyed by conversion to agriculture, both by large commercial plantations and smaller subsistence farms.
Scientists are uncertain whether all orangutans are one species, or whether the Sumatran and Bornean populations have become so isolated from each other that they are two subspecies.
The orangutan's forest habitat is being cleared for agriculture.
www.bagheera.com /inthewild/van_anim_orang.htm   (936 words)

Orangutan numbers are now down by 92% compared with a century ago and have been reduced by half in Northern Sumatra between 1993 and 2000.
The lifespan of an orangutan in the wild is from about 35 to 40 years (it is not positively known what the average life span is, in the wild).
Mother orangutans are very patient with their offspring and it will sleep in its mothers nest until it is weaned at about the age of 3 to 4 years old.
www.honoluluzoo.org /orangutan.htm   (3716 words)

 CNN - Southeast Asian fires quicken orangutans' demise - Feb. 25, 1998
Some orangutans are killed so their young can be seized and sold as pets -- but the fires are blamed for the deaths.
Orangutans are so finely adapted to the rain forest, they cannot survive in the wild without it.
The orangutans' habitat is estimated to have shrunk by more than 80 percent in the last 50 years, with the number of wild orangutans dropping drastically in the last decade.
www.cnn.com /EARTH/9802/25/endangered.orangutans   (514 words)

 Orangutan Threats
Approximately 50,000 orangutans are found in scattered populations on the island of Borneo and only 7,000 remain in a dozen habitat units in North Sumatra.
While protected by law, it is now estimated that 4-5,000 orangutans are lost each year due to the composite effect of habitat loss, the illegal killing of orangutans, and the illicit trade of infants as exotic pets.
First, orangutan forest habitat is clear cut and irretrievably lost to make way for the plantation.  Fires are frequently set (illegally) to quickly clear the land of wood debris and to provide fertilizing ash.
www.orangutanrepublik.org /index_threats.htm   (1396 words)

 All About Orangutans - EnchantedLearning.com
As its habitats are being usurped by man, the orangutan's population is decreasing and it is in grave danger of extinction.
Orangutans don't even have to leave their tree branches to drink, they drink water that has collected in the holes between tree branches.
Orangutans live about 50 years in captivity; their life span in the wild is only 30-45 years (like most animals, they live longer in captivity).
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/apes/orangutan   (945 words)

 Orangutan | Environmental Encyclopedia
The orangutan is the largest living arboreal mammal, and it spends most of the daylight hours moving slowly and deliberately through the forest canopy in search of food.
Orangutans are long-lived, with many individuals reaching between 50 and 60 years of age in the wild.
In order to meet the demand for these apes as pets around the world, poachers kill the mother orangutan to secure the young ones, and the mortality rate of these orphans is extremely high, with less than 20% of those smuggled ever arriving alive at their final destination.
www.bookrags.com /research/orangutan-enve-02   (533 words)

 Discovery Channel :: Report: Logging Endangers Orangutan
Some 2,500 orangutans — about 10 percent of the world's remaining wild population of the apes — live in the park.
Orangutans, close kin to humans, live only on Borneo and the nearby island of Sumatra.
"However, orangutans everywhere face major challenges and their numbers are declining," he added, stressing that sustainable forestry practices were vital for their survival.
dsc.discovery.com /news/afp/20030929/orangutan.html   (552 words)

 NPR : Orangutan Metropolis Uncovered
Orangutans are the only great apes that live most of their life in trees, and they typically build a nest every night to sleep in.
Stanley says this could be the biggest population of orangutans on the island, and it means an increase by 10 percent in the world's orangutan population.
There's poaching of orangutans to be sold at the market or exported to some countries as pets.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=849785   (827 words)

 HELP Orangutan in Thailand - ProFauna  Indonesia
The habitat of orangutan is becoming fragmented by the illegal logging and fire.
Orangutan originating from Indonesia is not only traded domestically but they are also smuggled abroad.
Orangutan in Indonesia is becoming more endangered due to the habitat destruction and hunting for trade, including international trade.
www.profauna.or.id /English/thailand-orangutan.htm   (641 words)

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