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Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus)

Bornean orangutan
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Dara, the Zoo's 14-year-old female orangutan, will be leaving at the end of April.

Click here to learn more about her move. Click here to read the press release.

Personal Information
There are three female orangutans, Kumang, Dara and Bella. Bella was born in April 2013 to Kumang. There is one male, Denda. Kumang is also the mother of Dara. Kumang was born in England and came here in 1991. Her daughter, Dara, was born in 1999. Dara was a genetically significant birth because her father, Jiggs, was born in the wild. Denda, born in 2002, came to the Zoo in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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.

  • 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.