Orangutan Facts for Kids

Fun Facts about Forest Animals: The Orangutan

Did you know that orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling animals in the world? They can weigh up to 200 pounds and be as tall as 4 feet! These furry friends live in Southeast Asia and spend most of their time climbing trees. Orangutans are cool creatures!

In this blog post, we’re going to tell you all about orangutans, from where they live, what they eat, to what sounds they make in the wild. 

Read on to learn more fun facts about orangutans! Orangutan Facts for Kids.

What do orangutans look like?

Orangutans are covered in red hair. They have gray skin and big, bulky bodies. Their arms are longer than their legs, which means that their hands nearly touch the ground when they stand up. Orangutans do not have tails like other apes. 

Are orangutans monkeys?

No! The orangutan is considered a great ape. But did you know that the orangutan shares 97% of its DNA with humans?

Where do orangutans live?

Orangutans only live in the rainforests of the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. They only live in tropical rainforests because these forests have everything they need as they spend 90% of their time up trees eating fruits! They are the only great ape species that live outside of Africa.

What do orangutans eat?

Orangutans eat leaves, insects (like termites and ants), tree bark, and occasionally eggs and small vertebrates. They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals, but their primary food source is fruit. One of their favorite fruits is the durian. When opened, this fruit is prickly on the outside and has an intense ‘smelly’ smell. 

What are the predators of an orangutan?

Did you know that the orangutan is the most endangered great ape species? Orangutans have to worry about tigers, leopards, and giant pythons or crocodiles, but they also have to worry about humans. The population of orangutans has been decreasing due to their homes, the forests they live in being cut down.

Do orangutans live alone?

Female orangutans live with their babies. But once they grow up, all orangutans usually spend most of their time by themselves. When there is a lot of food, orangutans will gather in small groups to eat together.

What do you call a baby orangutan?

Orangutans only give birth once every eight years, which is the longest period between pregnancies among animals! Like humans, orangutan babies are called babies or infants.

What sounds do orangutans make?

Orangutans have a very unique way of communicating. They make loud howls and bellows that can be heard for miles around! The males usually use these noisy sounds to warn other male orangutans to stay off their territory. 

Pretty cool, right?

If you’ve read this far, then congratulations! You are now an expert on orangutans. But don’t stop there – If you want to learn more fun facts about forest animals, or trees, just keep exploring Elapen’s blog posts for kids, check out some of our cool DIY projects, or play some online games. Whatever you decide, get ready to go on an amazing educational adventure! 

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