The orangutans has powerful hands and arms but weak feet. These features are characteristic of tree-dwelling animals. The orangutan learns most of its behaviors from its mother. This species sleeps in trees, building a nest among the branches.
Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Primates (monkeys)
FAMILY: Hominidae (great apes kind)
GENUS/SPECIES: Pongo pygmaeus, possibly including P. abelii (Sumatran)
Size: Males: 3.2–4.5 ft (1–1.4 m); Females: 2.6–3.5 ft (0.8–1.1 m)
Weight: Males average 200 lbs (90 kg); Females average 110 lbs (50 kg).
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants, insects, young birds, and small mammals
Habitat: Tropical rainforests of southeast Asia (on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra)