Tropical Rain Forest Animal Project, By: Jule Peterson

Orangutan means, "person of the forest." They have received this name because of their intelligence and being close relatives to humans. They are only found in Borneo and Sumatra. One of the significant traits of an orangutan is their enormous arm span. A male can typically stretch his arms 7 feet wide-- when his height is only 5 feet tall! Their long arms are a necessity because of their lifestyle. They live high in the trees, swinging branch to branch. An orangutan's diet consists typically of fruit, leaves, bark, insects and, sometimes, meat. Orangutan's have a 30 to 40 year life span and give birth only once every eight years. It is easy to see why these animals are endangered!

information collected from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/orangutan/

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