August 25, 2012

orangutans called ‘Man of the Forest’  Orangutans belong to the order of great apes, as do gorillas and chimpanzees. These gentle hermitlike creatures live in the forests. Their name is made up of two Indonesian words: organ and hutan meaning ‘man of the forest’ Orangatans are experts at camouflage, melting like shadows into the forest canopy. On the ground they move slowly, humans can easily outpace them. These animals spend almost their entire life in the treetops, and they are the only great apes to do so. Most evening, around sunset, they select a strong forked bough, gather small branches and twigs and build a cozy new bed. Trees also provide orangutans with their favorite food-fruit. They have an excellent memory and know exactly when and where to find ripe fruit. Also on their menu are leaves, bark and shoots. Some environmentalists say that orangutans are slipping into extinction – among the main threat is deforestation


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