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BORNEAN ORANGUTAN

(Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus)

There are two female orangutans, Kumang and Bella, and one male, Denda. Bella was born in April 2013 to Kumang and Denda. Kumang, born in England, came here in 1991. Denda, born in 2002, came to the Zoo in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

Click here to read all about what went into the transfer of our 14-year-old female, Dara, who moved to the Virginia Zoo in April.

ABOUT THE BORNEAN ORANGUTAN

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. Orangutans are the most endangered of all the apes. The Seneca Park Zoo is a participant in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the orangutan. The danger to orangutans is the habitat destruction of their forests caused by land conversion for palm oil plantations, logging and poaching. What can you do to help orangutans? Click here.

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HABITAT

Canopy of lowland forests, swamp forests and in tropical rainforests, orangutans are found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra and in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

DIET

Various fruits such as mangoes and durian, leaves, seeds, bark, eggs and insects. The diet of an orangutan is very diverse.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Orangutans are the largest tree-living animal on earth, as well as the largest fruit-eating animal.
  • Males weigh up to 250 pounds and females weigh around 110 pounds.
  • Orangutan, in Malay, means "person of the forest."
  • Orangutans are very intelligent creatures that have an innate curiosity.
  • A female orangutan can be more than four times stronger than an average man and male orangutans can be more than eight times stronger.