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Orangutans

These masterful climbers are critically endangered in the wild.

Orangutan exhibit banner: Pixel. Photo: Tina Deines

When Visiting...

  • Look for Tonka (Sept. 1979). He's the biggest and has large cheek pads.
  • Say "hi" to Memala (Oct. 1969). She's small, but still the dominant female.
  • Wave to Rubi (Nov. 1993). She is very smart and has dark hair.
  • Look for Sarah (May 1983). Offspring Reese and Pixel are always near.
  • Spot baby Pixel (Apr. 2013).
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Sumatran orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii) live on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The name orangutan means "person of the forest." They share almost 97 percent of their DNA with humans and are extremely intelligent. Orangutans are great tool users and teach each other.

Our Actions Matter

Orangutan populations have declined by 80 percent due to habitat destruction. Millions of acres of rainforest are cut down each year to produce palm oil, the most produced edible oil in the world.

Make small changes to save orangutan habitat:

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