ORANGUTAN AWARENESS WEEK!
We’re celebrating Orangutans this week! Come learn more about these amazing apes with us! Be sure to sport some orange this week and let them know you support orangutans!
- Orangutans are the largest fruit eating ape on earth.
- They are arboreal.
- There are two species of orangutans- Bornean and Sumantran, both of which are found in Indonesia.
- Orangutans are excellent climbers.
- Orangutans are intelligent.
- Offspring stay with their mothers for around 8 years.
- Orangutans are generally solitary.
- Both species are critically endangered- mainly due to habitat loss.
- Orangutans can live up to 50 years.
- Orangutans have long arms- up to 8 feet in males.
Unfortunately orangutans are losing their homes to palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in products of all kinds from lotions, to shampoos to food products. There are several groups and zoos that are working to make sure that the palm oil that we use is sustainable. They work with companies so that they are not using products that destroy the orangutan homes. You can read more about it on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s website. Learn how you can help these amazing and wonderful apes!