Orangutan “person of the forest” is a highly intelligent mammal, found only in Sumatra and Borneo. While they are most well-suited for living their lives among the trees in Southeast Asia, I found this handsome guy hanging out at the Seoul Zoo.
With an average height of five feet (1.5 meters) a male may have an arm span the length of seven feet (2 meters) when outstretched. Adult males can weigh up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) – with females weighing about half of what males do. The average life span of an orangutan is 30-40 years but some are known to live well up to the age of 60 years.
Orangutans spend up to 90% of their time hanging out in trees which are essential to every aspect of their world. Unfortunately, a combination of deforestation, drought and forest fires are a few of the reasons the orangutan has landed on the endangered species list.
For more information on orangutans and The Orangutan Project, check out http://www.orangutan.org.au