Dedicated to magnificent creatures, International Orangutan Day is celebrated around the world. Orangutans have been endangered for decades. Today we want to tell people that they still need our protection. Join the volunteer movement and support the forest dwellers!
We did not find information about the founding people, but now it does not matter – the main thing is that there are followers who support the goals. Interestingly, in November, the “Week of Care for Orangutans” takes place, in which the main problems of animals are raised.
Large monkeys are considered the ancestors of gorillas: they spend most of their time in trees, in their natural environment they live only in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. The biggest problem for them is deforestation. Also, the cause of extinction is illegal hunting, which annually claims about 3,000 lives.
They have one feature – long arms that practically touch the ground. Thanks to this structure, orangutans easily move from tree to tree. They feed mainly on grass, but they can eat insects or even meat.
Did you know that orangutans:
- have a similarity of DNA with a human by 97%;
- can weigh up to 220 pounds;
- in captivity live up to 60 years;
- have an arm span of 6.5 meters;
- have high intelligence, easily adapting objects to their own needs;
- afraid of water;
- do not like “noisy companies”, preferring loneliness.
How to celebrate
On International Orangutan Day, make a donation to monkey protection organizations – any funds will not be superfluous. Visit the nearest zoo and observe their life, manners and habits. You can learn more about them by talking to local workers.
Research information that will help animals, such as online petitions. Share them with your friends!
When is International Orangutan Day celebrated in 2022?
International Orangutan Day is observed on August 19 each year.