Orangutans

Orangutans

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Orangutans are a special type of primate called a great ape. Orangutans, sometimes just called orangs, are the largest arboreal mammals and are quite intelligent. They have orange-brown fur, large heads, and sturdy bodies. They have long arms, short bowed legs, and no tails. Their hands are similar to human hands with four long fingers and a thumb. Orangutans walk on legs and arms but are able to stand and walk short distances on two legs. Orangutans live in the tropical rainforests of Asia. One species of orangutan lives on the island of Borneo. The other species lives on Sumatra. Both orangutan species are endangered.