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Orangutan

Scientific Name: Pongo pygmaeus

Habitat: Tropical rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra

Food: Fruit; also leaves, bark, and eggs

Facts: Orangutans differ from other great apes (chimpanzees and gorillas) in that they are solitary animals. They use their strong, long arms to climb and move among the trees where they spend most of their time. Due to habitat destruction, the number of orangutans in the wild is rapidly decreasing.

In their wild habitat, orangutans build sleeping nests of large branches and twigs in trees. They never use the same nest for more than one night.

Orang-utan is the Malay word for "man of the forest."