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Kalimantan’s Orangutans
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Kalimantan’s Orangutans

Considered one of the smartest primates, orangutans are close cousins to humans. They make and use tools and have a talent for mimicry. Deforestation is destroying their habitat, but conservation groups are fighting to save the species.

Find out about the "people of the forest" and a newly discovered population of orangutans under protection.

National Geographic
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ApeCam

ApeCam

Two kinds of apes live together at the San Diego Zoo: orangutans and siamangs. Watch them on the ApeCam, then check out photos and videos about the other ape residents. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Mammals: Orangutan

Mammals: Orangutan

Thanks to a live camera feed, you can watch orangutans at the San Diego Zoo. If they’re hidden, check out a video of a baby orang, look at photos, and get tons of facts on these intelligent primates who live in the treetops and often “daydream.” More...

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San Diego Zoo
About Great Apes

About Great Apes

Great apes, such as chimps and orangutans, are not the same as monkeys. Find out the differences, along with characteristics that all primates have in common. More...

Article
Center for Great Apes
Amazing DIY Orangutans

Amazing DIY Orangutans

Orangutans share two major talents with humans: using tools and imitating what they see. Watch these apes wash socks, tie rope, and saw wood, and see how similar they are to our species. More...

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BBC
Orangutan Island Adventure

Orangutan Island Adventure

In this game, you’re an orphan orangutan returning to the wild. Forage for food, get back to your nest before dark, and avoid lurking predators. Think you’ve got what it takes to survive? More...

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Animal Planet
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Meet the Orangutans

Meet the Orangutans

Meet the 6 orangutans who live at the National Zoo: Batang, Bonnie, Iris, Kiko, Kyle, and Lucy. Each ape has its own personality, pastimes, and talents. More...

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Smithsonian
Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Are humans related to apes and other primates? Come to your own conclusion with this science fair project. Create a primate family tree using protein sequences. More...

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Science Buddies
Noddy’s First Day at School

Noddy’s First Day at School

Without a mother, young orangutans have little chance of surviving on their own. Noddy and other orphans are getting help from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. See how he handles his first day of forest school. More...

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BBC
Orangutan Photo Gallery

Orangutan Photo Gallery

Get a close-up look at cute babies, mothers, and other wild orangutans that the OFI is trying to protect. You can also watch webisodes and an IMAX movie about orphan orangutan rescue. More...

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Orangutan Foundation International
Pioneering Primatologist

Pioneering Primatologist

Dr. Galdikas' orangutan observations forever changed our view of the solitary and social primates. Uncover what inspired her to research these apes back when most scientists believed they were nearly impossible to study. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Q&A with Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas

Q&A with Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas

No one knows orangutans better than Dr. Galdikas. She talks about threats facing these endangered primates, raised awareness of their plight, and how she learns something new about these intelligent creatures every day. More...

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World Wildlife Fund

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