Apr 222011

Orangutan, Sumatra

The name Orangutan is made up of two words in the Malay language, “orang” and “hutan.”  Together they make up a phrase that translates to “forest man.”  This reddish long haired creature is the great Asian ape, presently only located on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.

Unlike Mountain Gorillas that move on the ground, the remarkable aspect of Orangutans is that they are one of the heaviest animals in the world that lives and transports themselves through tips of the trees. The biggest males can weigh over 100 kilos and still have the ability to swing through the branches of the jungle and rest in nests built in the tree tops. Continue reading »