Not easy being orange by Owed to Nature

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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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    l love these animals, such characters xx

  • Thank you Lynn. Characters with personality galore! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much for this feature! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Such a sweet capture! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you very much Angie!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful story about your Mum!! Makes this one more special, I’m sure!

  • Thank you Wendi for reading Mum’s story! Yes, it was great treating a 90 year old to a whole new world of life. I’ve got fingers crossed I’ve inherited her spunk and tenacity. (Already know I got her stubbornness. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantabout 3 years ago

    Poor orang looks bored with it all.

  • He does look bored but I think he’s hot. Was a sunny and humid Miami day so was probably relieved to find shade for all that thick orange hair. Maybe a boring spot but at least it was cool? ;-) Thanks John!

    – Owed to Nature

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago


  • Many more Thanks to you Laura for your Feature and support! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for this lovely feature and honor! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • ShootingStars8
    ShootingStars8almost 3 years ago
  • Thank you for the great news ShootingStars! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • aprilann
    aprilannalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! Among my top favorite animals. There are two very brave Girl Scouts that have dedicated themselves to do their part to save this endangered species. They found out that the some Girl Scout cookies have palm oil in them. (Palm oil plantations are overtaking the rainforests these apes need to live). Those two Girl Scouts did not quit the organization but have worked for years with the Girl Scout organization to convince them to look at other ingredients to use instead of palm oil in their cookies. Hats off to young people that aren’t waiting until they are “grown up” to make changes that they see need to be made.

  • What a great story which I hadn’t heard before. With all the bad news we’re showered with daily and the sense of futility that leave us thinking we’re too little and powerless to effect change, so inspiring to know it’s still be true – Hope springs eternal! Thank You for the inspiration!

    – Owed to Nature

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