Sumatran Orangutan

A sumatran orangutan sits next to a tree at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal's Behavior
Orangutan means “person of the forest” in Malayan. Known in zoos and in the wild as intelligent tool users, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is one of two species of orangutan. With short legs and long arms, they are well adapted to life high up in the trees.

Eating Habits
Fruit, berries, bird eggs, small bugs.

The northern provinces of Sumatra Conservation Efforts Protected in most areas and carefully bred in zoos to maintain genetics, there are thought to be about 7,000 Sumatran orangutans in the wild. The Sumatran orangutan is considered one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.

Animal Facts
They share more than 96% of our own human DNA. Scientists have taught them how to communicate using sign-language and how to use the computer touch screen.