Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sumatran Orangutans

I've received these two cute orangutans today and i'm so in love with them. The animals are super cute and this card is super special because with this card, sent by Dee, i've now all the indonesian Unesco sites.

These animals live in the Bukit Lawang reserve, which is an animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan, located inside the Gunung Leuser National Park. Together with two other national parks, this park forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.

Photo by: Alain Compost

The Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is one of the two species of orangutans. Found only on the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, it is rarer than the Bornean orangutan.
The average interbirth rates for the Sumatran orangutan is 9.3 years
Infant orangutans will stay close to their mother for up to three years. Even after that, the young will still associate with their mother. Both orangutan species are likely to live several decades; estimated longevity is more than 50 years. The average of the first reproduction of P. abelii is around 15.4 years old.
The Sumatran orangutan is endemic to Sumatra island and is particularly restricted to the north of the island.

The species has been assessed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2000. It is considered one of "The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates."

A survey in 2004 estimated that around 7,300 Sumatran orangutans still live in the wild. - in: wikipedia

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