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27 November 2012

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Facts about Orangutans You Didn't Know About

Posted on : 27 November 2012
Categories : Adventure

Recently I visited orangutans at Camp Leakey that runs by Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). The long history and inspirational work of OFI touched all of us. I wanted to share the photos of amazing orangutans. It’s hard not to appreciate them while watching how they move and react. We even saw a couple of wild orangutans on the boat which was extremely rare experience as I’ve heard. However the main event was at the two camps at the Camp Leakey. Briute said, Camp Leakey is ‘NYC for the country folks’. Meaning, you wouldn’t want to live there but would want to visit once in a while.

Facts about orangutans you didn’t know about

Orangutan means ‘the person of the forest’ in Malay language. Oran means person, utan means forest. Technically, Orang utan (a space in the middle) would be the right way to say it.

Surprise, surprise, they like the wild durians the best, better than bananas.

For the first few years of his/her life, a young orangutan holds tight to his/her mother’s body as she moves through the forest canopy. The mums keep their babies for 7-8 years.

The chickpad is a sign of the dominant male but not all the males have it. They go deep in the jungle for 3-6 months and come out all grown up. People still don’t know exactly about the process.

Orangutans have eight times stronger strength than human.

They have an attention span of four-year-old kid. So they respond better to a dominant tone.

Orangutans usually eat fruits and young leaves from the tree.

Orangutans are in danger because of the illegal logging and palm oil plantation. Also, people kill the mum to capture the baby orangutans.

Doyok was watching us for a long time

Orangutan loves milk

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan in the sunlight

Tut and his son Thor

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Doyok's hand

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Gibbons are family too

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Doyok eating bananas

Orangutan at the camp Leakey


Tag : Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park