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Orangutan Lovers Gifts

The Orangutan is a large, red great ape. Their name comes from the Malay words “orang” meaning man, and “utan” meaning forest; hence “man of the forest”. Unlike other great apes, the interval between babies being born is not the usual 2 years. Orangutans go 8 years between having babies. The average size of an adult Orangutan is 4 to 5 feet high, and 73 to 180 pounds in weight. Their arms are twice as long as their legs, meaning when they walk on all fours, they are not knuckle dragging, like the other large great apes, they walk on all fours with the palms of their hands. When an adult is standing on their back legs, their arms can almost touch the ground. The average arm span of an adult male is over seven feet. The average life span of the Orangutan, in the wild, is 30 to 40 years. While the Orangutan is an omnivore, like humans, their diet is 65-90 percent fruit, and being foragers, their diet changes with the seasons. The male Orangutan develops the cheek pads, pronounced throat pouches and long fur when they are complete mature at 15 to 20 years old, at which point they are called flanged males. Before this development, they are called unflanged males, and while they can breed, the females prefer the older flanged males. Like their cousins, the other species of great apes, Orangutans are also on the endangered species list.