Orang Utans

In pictures: In the palm of our hands, orangutans on their special International Orangutan Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 August 2016 at 8:00am - Comments

Every year on the 19th August the orangutan gets its own special day. One of the renowned victims of the palm oil industry the orangutans are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of the tropical rainforest. The population of the Sumatran orangutan in the wild is thought to have fallen by more than 50% from 1992-2000, due to the degradation of their habitat.

The orangutans, who for the first few years hold tight to their mother's body as she moves through the forest canopy, can live up to 45 years in the wild.

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