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The orangutans are the three exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are endangered due to human destruction of their habitat.
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I'm reading about orangutan cultures. Basically in some populations of wild orangutans, random behaviors are passed down because the orangutans imitate the others around them. Just like human cultures. The behaviors are not essential to survival and the orangutans outside the population don't do them. These behaviors include certain techniques for using tools, and even things like blowing raspberries to say goodnight before they fall asleep.
My favorite thing I read about today is an orangutan sport called snag riding, where orangutans will literally jump on dead trees, making the trees fall, and then they ride the dead tree on the way down before jumping off and grabbing surrounding vegetation so they don't die.
Does this make anyone else really happy.
These are the sources I read:
Hello folks, I am on a mission. I plan to make a very large poster from printer paper, but need a very high quality photo of Beni the orangutan. Thank you.
I would like to sponsor an orang utan or support a project to do so.
Does anyone have good experience with which NGO or institute is particularly worthy of support?
I am incredibly passionate about Orangutans and primatology in general and nothing would help me understand these great beings more than seeing them in person, but alas resources on what animals are in what zoos are rare, and I was wondering if anyone here knows what specific American zoos have Orangutans.