When my Mom turned 90, she told us she’d never been to the zoo. So, when she was 90 years + 1 day, we took her to Miami’s Metro Zoo. From behind glass, she met her first Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). She was fascinated. But the orangutan, not so much. I guess even in the nicest manmade forest, it’s just not easy being orange.
Orangutans are 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 … 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 word “orangutan” comes from the Malay words “orang” (man) and “(h)utan” (forest); hence, “man of the forest”. c/o Wikipedia
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 400mm, 1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200
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