General

Bornean Orangutan

posted: 11/30/15
Frans Lanting/Getty Images
Frans Lanting/Getty Images
Scientific Name: Pongo pygmaeus
Status:
Endangered
Number Remaining: estimated 45,000 - 69,000
Average Height: 3.3 - 4.6 feet
Average Weight: 66 - 220 pounds

Bornean orangutans are found on the island of Borneo and Sumatra. There are three subspecies, depending on which section of the islands they are found: Northwest, Northeast, and Central Bornean orangutans. We share 97% of our DNA with these primates.

According to the WWF, "Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years." Baby orangutans are also sold into the pet trade, which threatens the species because of their low reproductive rates.
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How You Can Help:

  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the species and what is being done to help them.
  • Orangutan Outreach: Make a donation and learn how you can reach out to others to help the species.
  • Orangutan Conservancy: Learn more about the threats to orangutans and the various ways you can help, from donations to symbolic adoption.
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