This is an orangutan that lives at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, USA. The title is due to my favorite series of books by Terry Pratchett. The librarian of Unseen University ( a university for wizards) was changed into an orangutan by an uncontrolled burst of powerful magic. He has refused any attempt to change him back. Textures are my own and one from joesista.

Orangutans are the only exclusively Asian genus of extant great ape. The largest living arboreal animals, they have proportionally longer arms than the other, more terrestrial, great apes. They are among the most intelligent primates and use a variety of sophisticated tools, also making sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. Their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of other great apes.

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and Mainland China. There are only two surviving species, both of which are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii). The subfamily Ponginae also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus. The word “orangutan” comes from the Malay words “orang” (man) and “(h)utan” (forest); hence, “man of the forest”. (info by Wikipedia)


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  • awefaul
    awefaulalmost 3 years ago

    I knew it! The moment I saw the title for this magnificent ape that there is at least one other Pratchett fan on RedBubble awaiting the arrival of the latest in the series that was released in October. By the way, even without the title it is still a beautiful picture.

  • Thanks so much awefaul! Admittedly, I pre-ordered it and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Who doesn’t love Sam Vimes? My favorite character is Death, but I do truly love them all. They’ve been with me through so many years and novels that they are all like family. A twisted and strange sort of family perhaps, but real families are as well. My family feels I am the strange and twisted one. (lol)

    – Heather Haderly

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so much Pop’s, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    October 30, 2011

  • Thanks so much Dee, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 3 years ago

    That’s such a beautiful animal, and such a beautiful capture, Heather! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks so much steppeland!

    – Heather Haderly

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work… Congratulations 3rd Runner-Up!
    Editors Choice 24th – 30th October 2011
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it. Group

  • Thanks so much Evita, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Laura, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdalealmost 3 years ago

    What a super image, well done!

  • Thanks so much Carol!

    – Heather Haderly

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    Congratulations Wonderful capture precious hugs

  • Thanks so much Rapture777, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Robyn, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

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    Rosehavenabout 2 years ago

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  • Thanks so much Rosehaven, I am honored!

    – Heather Haderly

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