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Malaysian Orangutan Facts

SPECIES:

MALAYSIAN ORANGUTAN (PONGO PYGMAEUS)
STATUS:

ENDANGERED
DISTRIBUTION:

Found in the wild on the Malaysian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
HABITAT:

Tropical forest, open woodland and grassland.
FOOD:

Mostly fruit, but also other vegetable matter, insects, small vertebrates and birds' eggs.
SIZE:

1.25 - 1.5m (4 - 5ft); 39 - 90kg (66 - 200lb)
MATURITY:

12 - 15 years
BREEDING:

Sinlge young born every 3 -4 years
LIFE SPAN:

60 years
THREATS:

Wild Orangutans in steadily shrinking habitats as their woodland and forest homes have been gradually replaced by famrs, grazing lands and villages.

Vast areas of rainforest have been flooded by the water held back by dams, and other areas have been dug up by mining companies looking for precious metals and other minerals. Even in some protected areas, Orangutans are still illegally hunted for their meat, or captured to be sold as pets or for medical research. In times of war, orangutans are further threatened by weapons such as land mines and the movement of large numbers of refugees into their habitat. Conserving Orangutans takes much time and costs much money and unfortunately many of the countries where wild orangutans live, have very little money and need help for conservation from richer nations.

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