Animals & Wildlife Magazine

Featured Animal: Bornean Orang-utan

By Azanimals @azanimals
Bornean Orang-utan The Bornean orang-utan is a species of orang-utan native to the island of Borneo. The Bornean orang-utan is one of only two species of ape that are found in Asia, the other being the slightly smaller and closely related, Sumatran orang-utan.

Bornean Orang-utan The Bornean orang-utan is found inhabiting tropical and sub-tropical rainforest in the lowlands of Borneo and can also be found grazing at elevations of up to 1500 m. The Bornean orang-utan makes full use of it's surroundings dwelling both on the ground and at different heights in the trees.

Bornean Orang-utan
There are considered to be three different sub-species of the Bornean orang-utan, which although similar in appearance, are differentiated by the areas of the island that they occupy. The three Bornean orang-utan sub-species are the Northwest Bornean orang-utan, the Central Bornean orang-utan and the Northeast Bornean orang-utan.

Bornean Orang-utan
The Bornean orang-utan is generally a more solitary animal that the Sumatran orang-utan with male and female Bornean orang-utans only really coming together to mate. As with the other great apes, the Bornean orang-utan has a number of features which makes living in the jungle a bit easier, including having opposable thumbs which come in handy when the Bornean orang-utan is peeling fruit.

The Bornean orang-utan is an omnivorous animal, but the majority of it's diet is made of fruit which the Bornean orang-utan is known to travel vast distances through the forests to find. The Bornean orang-utan also eats leaves, nuts and berries, along with insects and occasionally small animals such as lizards and rodents.

Due to it's large size, the Bornean orang-utan has no real predators on it's native island of Borneo. The biggest threat to the Bornean orang-utan is habitat loss caused by deforestation which has completely wiped out the Bornean orang-utan populations in certain areas.

The different Bornean orang-utan sexes only really come together to mate, and once born, the Bornean orang-utan baby is looked after by it's mother. The Bornean orang-utan baby clings to it's mum for the first year of it's life and may remain with her until it is nearly 10 years old. Bornean orang-utans have a relatively long childhood when compared to that of the other great apes.

Today, the Bornean orang-utan is one of the world's endangered species with less than 45,000 Bornean orang-utan individuals thought to be left in the wild. The main reason for the demise in the Bornean orang-utan populations is deforestation across the island for logging and to make way for palm oil plantations.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Featured Animal: Dog

    Featured Animal:

    Dogs are thought to have been first domesticated in East Asia thousands of years ago. People primarily used dogs for guarding the hunters and areas of land. Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT
  • Featured Animal: Chameleon

    Featured Animal: Chameleon

    The chameleon is a very distinctive and well-known species of lizard, due to the large eyes and curled tail of the chameleon. Chameleons are found throughout... Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT
  • Featured Animal: Echidna

    Featured Animal: Echidna

    Echidnas are known better as spiny anteaters, although they are not related to them, besides that fact that both anteaters and echidnas eat ants and termites.... Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT
  • Featured Animal: Leopard Tortoise

    Featured Animal: Leopard Tortoise

    The leopard tortoise is a large species of tortoise found throughout the African savannas. The leopard tortoise is the forth largest species of tortoise in the... Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT
  • Featured Animal: Golden Retriever

    Featured Animal: Golden Retriever

    The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed and is described in the standard as kindly, friendly and confident. Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT, PETS
  • Featured Animal: Orang-utan

    Featured Animal: Orang-utan

    The orangutan is a large primate found naturally in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. The orangutan is now an endangered species. There are an estimated... Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT
  • Featured Animal: Newt

    Featured Animal: Newt

    The newt is a small amphibian and the average newt only tends to grows to around 15cm long, some newts however are bigger or smaller depending on the species... Read more

    By  Azanimals
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT