Exploring the Orangutan Habitat Map
Orangutans are large primates with orange fur and long arms. Female orangutans generally only have young every 5 to 10 years and they will often rear their young for the first 6 years of their lives, sleeping in a nest with them.
As you can see in the above Orangutan Habitat Map, orangutans occur in a very small part of the world. They occur only in Indonesia and Malaysia and live in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are the target of the illegal pet trade, as well as, declining populations due to logging and fires. Populations of orangutans are impacted by the production of Palm Oil and illegal logging. In Borneo and Sumatra, tropical forests are being illegally replaced by palm plantations, which in turn is wiping out the natural habitat of orangutans.
Wondering where are the best places to see Orangutans in the wild?
You may be lucky to see orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo; however, it is best to look for a sanctuary that works towards conservation and preservation of the orangutan populations.
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