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Orang-utan - Physical Characteristics And Habits, Diet, Communication, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Of Orang-utans

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Orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) are large, long-haired, red apes that inhabit lowland primary forests of Borneo and a small area in the mountains of northwest Sumatra. Their distribution was once much more widespread, extending throughout the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. However, these apes are now endangered, mostly because of the clearing of their forest habitat to develop agricultural land, along with the effects of timber harvesting and hunting. Orang-utans are related to the great apes of Africa, the gorilla and the chimpanzee. In the Malay language, orang-utan means "man of the woods."


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