Orangutan friends

amjaywed

Nr London, United Kingdom

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A captive pair taken at Twycross Zoo, UK

Classified as Endangered. Orang-utan means ‘person of the forest’ and this Asian ape is indeed truly a tree-dweller. Orang-utans were hunted relentlessly in the majority of their South East Asian range, their large size and slow movements making them easy targets for hunters. However, the main threat to orang-utans today is loss of habitat. In the past twenty years, 80 percent of orang-utan habitat has been lost to illegal logging, gold mining and conversion to permanent agriculture, in particular, palm oil plantations. These animals are extremely vulnerable to exploitation, largely as a result of their extremely long inter-birth interval.

Recent genetic evidence has led to the re-classification of Bornean and Sumatran orang-utans as separate species: Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii respectively.

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