Sumatran Orangutans

The Sumatran orangutan is a species of great ape found only on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. They are one of three species of orangutan, with the other two being the Bornean orangutan and the recently discovered Tapanuli orangutan. Sumatran orangutans are the smallest of the three species, with males weighing up to 165 pounds.

Sumatran orangutans have long, shaggy reddish-brown hair and distinctive cheek pads, which are used to amplify their vocalizations. Like all orangutan species, they are highly intelligent, with the ability to use tools, solve problems, and communicate with each other through a range of vocalizations. Sumatran orangutans are also adapted for life in the trees, with long, powerful arms that enable them to move through the forest canopy with ease.

Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered, with an estimated population of only around 14,600 individuals remaining in the wild. The primary threat to the species is habitat loss due to deforestation, logging, and the expansion of human settlements. In addition, Sumatran orangutans are sometimes hunted for meat or captured for the illegal pet trade. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the species and their habitat, but they remain one of the most endangered great apes in the world.