Orangutans

ABOUT ORANGUTANS

ABOUT < Orangutans

What Do They Eat?

Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling animals on Earth. Over 90% of their time is spent in the tree-tops, eating mainly fruits such as lychees, mangoes, figs, durians and jackfruit. Over 60% of their diet is fruit, the rest comprises of young shoots and leaves, insects, soil and bark. 

What Do Orangutans Feel?

Just like Humans, Orangutans feel and express emotions such as joy, fear, anger and surprise. A baby Orangutan smiles at their mother, cries when hungry, whimpers when hurt and will often die of grief if not petted and nursed. Unfortunately due to poaching and the human-orangutan conflict that often arises when Orangutans have lost their habitat and forced to find food elsewhere, mothers are often killed and the young become separated. Many of the orangutans that are rescued by charities are orphans.

Orangutans have lost over 80% of their habitat in the last 20 years. The biggest threat to Orangutans is man, with the ever growing demand for land for Palm Oil plantations.