My name is Sarah. I am 10 years old
and in 5th grade. I love animals and
want to be a wildlife veterinarian
someday. I have taken care of three
cats, a dog, a bearded dragon and
thirteen fish. I have also helped
numerous wild animals including
baby rabbits and a robin.
Orangutans are awesome animals! They belong to the primate group, so they are "cousins" of gorillas, gibbons, and chimpanzees. Many people think an orangutan is a monkey, but unlike a monkey orangutans have no tail. That means that they grab things with their hands and feet like humans.
Humans and orangutans have a ton in common. Orangutans carry 94% of human genes. Cool right? In fact, the name "orangutan" means man of the forest. It is from the Malay language. Orangutans are endangered. This means that there is not nearly as many orangutans as there were 40 years ago. The main cause of extinction is palm oil leading to habitat loss. But there are other reasons, like babies getting caught and sold as well.
Thank you for reading this and don't use Palm oil for orangutan's sake!