Men of the Forest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 March, 2010, 12:00am

Bornean orangutans, also known as Men of the Forest, are endangered, with a population in the wild of between 40,000 and 70,000. They are mostly found in Malaysia and Indonesia. In the wild, they live for up to 35 years, but they can live longer in captivity. Apart from brief periods of mating and raising infants by females, they are solitary animals.

They swing and move from branch to branch with their powerful hands and rarely leave the trees for the ground. They sleep at night in large nests built of broken branches and foliage. Fruit, leaves, bark and birds' eggs are their favourite foods.