These fruit-loving primates, also known as frugivores, were once found on the whole island of Sumatra and even on the neighboring island of Java.
Their proportionally long arms and short legs covered with long, pale red hair are well-suited for their lifestyle above ground – in the canopies of the tropical rainforests – which is why they are considered arboreal. Sadly, their numbers are dwindling incredibly fast due to the destruction of their homes at the hands of dumb humans.
They can only be seen in the northern region of Sumatra Island, and some are in captivity as pets. This affects the population of the fruits they eat because as they eat various fruits, they poop out the seeds, then fall and scatter to the ground.
And yes, you guess that right, Sumatran orangutans are pollinators, much like the cute little bees and butterflies.
Did you know?
- Only orangutans suspected of being carnivorous.
- Have longer facial hair than Bornean orangutans.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No