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Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Orangutan
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Copyright: Jerzy Kuflinski (geokuf) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 21] (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Tamron 200-500 DI, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-30 22:52
Viewed: 4362
Points: 4
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Sumatran Orangutan (female) at the Sacramento ZOO.
Sumatran orang-utan
Pongo abelii
Also known as the red ape, or the 'old man of the forest', orang-utans are the largest tree-living mammals. Sumatran orang-utans are even more endangered than their Bornean counterparts.

Life span
About 60 years.

Females have a body weight of 37kg, and males weigh 83kg.

Physical Description
Sumatran orang-utans have a long red/ginger coat. They have long facial hair, unlike their Bornean counterparts. Orang-utans are the largest arboreal (tree-living) mammals.

This species of orang-utan is found in Sumatra, Asia.

They live in the tropical rain forests and flood forests of Sumatra. They predominantly live in the underbrush and middle levels of trees.

Fruit is the most important component of their diet, but they also feed on insects, small vertebrates, leaves and bark.

Adult male and female orang-utans are solitary. Females travel with their young until adolescence. They are diurnal and arboreal.

In captivity, female orang-utans have given birth as young as seven years old. Gestation is 244 days.

Conservation status
Orang-utans are endangered, due to deforestation of their habitat and through land conversion to palm oil plantations. Sumatran orang-utans are disappearing at a rate of 1,000 a year. There are only about 9,000 Sumatran orang-utans left in the world.

Info from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-06-30 23:34]

We know.. and she knows.. and its so sad to think that these wonderful cousins will be gone some day..

Nice portrait, good closeness and sharpness.

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