Description: Orangutans - genus of woody apes, one of the closest DNA homology to human. Orangutans - the largest arboreal monkeys. Height of adult males can reach 1.5 meters, weight - 50-90, and even 100 kg. Females are much smaller: about 1 m increasing with the weight of 30-50 kg. Almost all my life they spend in the trees, which are moved by a very long arms (their scale - up to 2 m - much higher than the growth of monkey), helping feet currently. Sexual maturity occurs in females 8-12 years, males - 14-15. After a pregnancy of about 8.5 months duration born 1, at least 2 cubs. Neonates weigh 1.5-2 kg, are fed their mother's milk until 3-4 years of age and lived with her until about 6-8 years. This unusually long childhood is due to the way of life of orangutans: other monkeys after the departure of the mother remains in the family (or pack) and to single orangutans need to be well prepared for independent life. Orangutans live up to 30 years, in captivity they can live up to 65 years.
Food: Orangutans eat mostly fruits and leaves of trees. However, unlike gorillas, they are not strict vegetarians and eat insects, birds eggs, and sometimes even baby birds. In addition, the orangutan diet include honey, nuts, bark of trees.
Habitat: Earlier orangutans lived throughout Southeast Asia, and nowadays only in Borneo and Sumatra.
Interesting fact: They can reach the level of intelligence of 12-year-old human teenager.
Metabolism about 30% lower than that calculated based on the body weight value . The amount of calories, which uses active orangutan, comparable to the amount spent by the sloth, most of the time conducting in the stillness. There is a theory that the low level of metabolism to develop in orangutans because of their lifestyle - they eat mainly fruits and often for many days without food at all cost.
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