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Orangutans are amazing creatures that live in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world and the only great apes found in Asia. Let’s learn more about these gentle giants! 

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They have long, shaggy red hair and long, powerful arms, which make them excellent climbers. Orangutans have big, expressive eyes and wonderful wrinkled faces. They can live up to 60 years, and they also share an amazing 97% of our DNA. 

They are solitary animals, and only come together to mate or raise their young. Adult males have large territories that they defend from other males. They are very gentle creatures and have never been known to attack a human. Females and their young live in smaller groups. Orangutans are very good parents, and they teach their young everything they need to know about survival in the rainforest.  

Orangutans are very intelligent animals, and they use tools to help them get food and build their nests. They can even learn sign language and communicate with humans! Orangutans eat a variety of foods, including fruits, leaves, insects, and even small animals. They are very important to the rainforest ecosystem, as they help to disperse seeds and pollinate plants. 

Orangutans are an endangered species, and sadly, there are only about 100,000 of them left in the wild. The main threats to orangutans are habitat loss and hunting. Orangutans need large areas of rainforest to live in, and their habitat is being destroyed by logging and palm oil plantations. There are organizations working to protect orangutans, and we can all do our part by learning more about these amazing creatures and supporting conservation efforts.