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Discovery Of An Unknown Orangutan Population

Written by Lex Basu
Updated: September 27, 2022
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Key Points

  • Orangutans were once found all across south-east Asia and south of China, however, they are now found only in Sumatra and Borneo.
  • There are over 2000 Orangutans found in the deep mountainous jungle of Borneo, living in close quarters.
  • Orangutans are one of the most intelligent primates and can successfully use tools, build sleeping nest and even mastered the American sign language.

Orangutans are known to be the giant giants of the jungle but wild orangutans are becoming rarer and rarer as forest fires and palm plantations have decreased the orangutans natural habitat and led to sever population declines.

Scientists believe that there are approximately 50,000 orangutans left in the wild, most of which are found on the Indonesian island of Borneo. Orangutans are only also found on the neighboring island of Sumatra, where they live in nests in the dense tropical jungle.

A baby orangutan hanging in a tree
Most of the orangutans left in the world live on the Indonesian island of Borneo.

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Despite the constant demise of the wild orangutan population, scientists have found a reclusive orangutan habitat in an inaccessible mountainous region deep in the Borneo jungle. There are thought to be up to 2,000 orangutan individuals coexisting in an area just a few kilometres square.

A group of orangutans sitting on a fallen tree.
A group of 2,000 orangutan individuals are believed to coexist in an inaccessible mountainous region in the Borneo jungle.

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A male Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) in Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Sumatran orangutan is endemic to the north of Sumatra and is critically endangered.
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About the Author

Lex is a green-living, tree-hugging, animal-lover, who at one time was the mother to twenty one felines and one doggo. Now she helps pet owners around the globe be the best caretakers for their most trusting companions by sharing her experience and spreading love.

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