10 Things You Must Know About Orang Utan

Orang Utans is to be considered as the most intelligent primate species on earth. Even until today, numerous biologists and scientists are still trying to discover the secrets of these unique primates. They have a long and slightly reddish brown colour fur on their body. Their behaviour, social life and characteristics still remain a mystery to us humankind.

 Then again, unlike any other primates or monkeys, the Orang Utans uniqueness is what caught most of our attention. Other than that, Orang Utans are currently facing threats and extinctions. In the past, most of the Dayak and Sumatran people resided in Borneo, captured Orang Utan for its meat and fur.

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Male Orang Utan hiding behind the bush.

Based on Orang Utans statistical population report which was done by the Rehabilitation Center at the Kuching Semenggoh Rehabilitation Center, there are a total number of 1200 compared to past previous years. Their population growth is actually showing a positive sign.

To get to know them better, here are some fun facts about the Orang Utan:

1) Nesting Ground

 In a day, they can actively make three to four nesting trees in a day.

2) Average Life Span

Uniquely, the Orang Utans life span is similar to  human beings. They can live up to an average of fifty to sixty years of age.

Currently at the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Center, the eldest male Orang Utan is Ricthie currently aged 34 and eldest female known as Seduku aged 56 years old.

3) They Dislike the Rain

Weird but true. Orang Utans can be the best weather reporter around town! If they looked at the sky filled with thick dark clouds they will start building a nest to prevent them from getting wet inder the rain.

Be sure to lookout for Orang Utan that is busy building a nest on such weather. You will know what the weather is like for the day!

4) DNA Similarities

Researchers managed to unlock their secrets a little and found out their DNA sequence have the highest similarities to human beings. Similarities percentage is at 90 to  91 percent!

Does this mean the Darwinism Theory of human evolution from an ape is true? No one knows.

5) Orang Utans Get Periods

Like a normal opposite human female, they do have periods. The female Orang Utan period cycle is about the same as a female human.

6) Pregnancy Is Normal

How long is the Orang Utan pregnancy before her first born child? Believe it or not female Orang Utan even went through a nine months pregnancy before having child birth!

Is it not amazing?

Female Orang Utan and her baby

Orang Utan at Semenggoh Nature Reserve

7) Orang Utans Have Good Memories

We humans tend to have a short memory span. Surprisingly, Orang Utans can remember a person so well is what makes them a mystery as well.

Rangers from the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Center will advise most visitors not to bring any camera stand as it may look like a weapon to them. Reasons behind it, being that the wild Orang Utans located in the area were traumatized after getting injured by local farmers several years back.

Ritchie, the eldest Orang Utans aged 34 had such trauma hence that if he is around and saw anything that is long, he will mistook it as a weapon.

As cute as they are but they too fight for their lives and are aggressive.

8) Orang Utans Do Show Compassion

Orang Utans are rarely seen to be alone. Even if they do, they will usually join a nearby group and that makes them a society.

Shocking but true, just like humans, how we ourselves tend to care for the poor and sick. In the Orang Utan society, they are able to show such compassion to one another.

If one of their group member is ill, they will gather around and look after the sick ones.

9) What is the Weight of Orang Utans’?

A fully grown adult Orang Utans can weigh up to one 150 -160 Kg

Even the Rangers commented, with such weight, the Orang Utans strength could actually knock down a human being unconscious!

So when you are visiting the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Center, the rangers will tell you to stay back at least five to eight feet away from them for safety measures.

10) What is the difference between Male and Female Orang Utan?

Well, it is seriously kind of hard to distinguish between a male and female at their very young age. They looked the same not unless you take a closer look only then you will know the differences.

For a full grown adult male Orang Utans their cheek looks different. It looks slightly huge and large like that of a Gorilla.

As for the full grown adult female Orang Utans, they have no such trademarks on their faces.

Well, those are the ten lists of fun facts about Orang Utans you must at least know a little. If you would like to see them more in action, then you can book with us at http://borneotropicaladventures.com/. But remember to always pay attention to what the Rangers have to say during your visit to Semenggoh Wild Life Center.


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