population, now estimated at less than 25,000, faces daily challenges due to habitat loss.
The Bornean orangutan
(Pongo pygmaeus) is the world's largest arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammal.
The baby ape, born at Twycross Zoo near Nuneaton, is a vital addition, as only 50,000 orangutans
are left in the wild with experts predicting the creature will be extinct in the wild within 20 years.
I've had a close relationship with all 600 orangutans
that have passed through my hands.
Indonesia has two species of orangutan
; the Sumatran orangutan
(Pongo Abelli), with the total population of 6,600 orangutans
, and the Kalimantan orangutan
(Pongo Pygmaeus), with the total population of 36,000 orangutans
GOING APE J Kliopa mucks about before his dad steps in TYRED OF Z MISBEHAVING The young orangutan
seems to realise he has been naughty
Meet the orphaned orangutans
of Borneo being wheeled to happiness.
, one of the great apes like humans, is one of the most intelligent primates and zookeepers already employ a range of methods to keep them entertained such as non-toxic finger-paints, toys and hiding snacks to encourage exploration.
, who has been named Aan, had to have an operation during which 32 pellets were removed from her body.
Visitors had for 10 years tossed cigarettes to the famous smoking orangutan
, who was moved in July to a 200-meter island at the zoo to force her to quit cold turkey.
subspecies is the most endangered species in Borneo, and is protected under Indonesian law.
Richard Zimmerman, executive director of Orangutan
Outreach, said he's building an "Apps For Apes" program with old, donated iPads at facilities throughout North America.