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Swing In With This Bornean Orangutan Challenge

Amruta Deshpande Dec 08, 2020
Check your knowledge on this rare and endangered species - the Bornean Orangutan.
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The Bornean Orangutan is native to the island of Borneo, which is the third largest island on earth and the largest in Asia.
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The Bornean Orangutan along with Sumatran Orangutan and Tapanuli Orangutan, form the only genus of great apes native to Asia.
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Bornean Orangutans are found in the Borneo rainforests which are 130 million years old and are the oldest in the world.
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The original name of Orangutans was Simia Satyrus which means Satyr Monkey. However, after scientists discovered that not all Orangutans are one species, the name was changed.
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Typically the orangutan's arm span is longer than its height which enables them to swing from one tree to another easily.
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Bornean Orangutans mainly eat over 300 different types of fruits which include Durian, Mangosteen, Lychee, Wild Figs, etc. They supplement their diet with leaves, honey, insects, etc.
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Reproduction in the Bornean Orangutans happens about once every 8 years. Reproductive rates are even slower in areas where food is scarce.
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Male Bornean Orangutans weigh between 50-100 Kg and females weigh between 30-50 kg in the wild. However, when in captivity, then can become overweight up to more than 165 kg.
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Orangutans are highly intelligent species; they display tools usage and share approximately 97% of the same DNA as humans.
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Bornean Orangutan is one of the most endangered subspecies and the threat is increasing with the over expansion of palm oil plantations.
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