2.01.2010

February: Primates, Week 1: Orangutan


(new animal will be posted up Monday February 8th)

Interesting facts about Orangutan's:
- They are incredibly intelligent and use tools. They will poke twigs into holes to catch insects, chew up leaves and use them as sponges and use branches and sticks to test the depth of water before entering it.
- The offspring stay with their mother for 7 years, which is the longest maternal dependency of all animals. Because of this, female orangutan's only give birth once every 8 years (usually only 3 offspring in their lifetime).
- Even though they only get between 3.5-4.5 tall, their arms can have a reach of more than 8 feet!

1 comment:

gavin rich said...

YES!! this makes me happy