|Endangered Species: Orangutans
A Orleans Wood Elementary School
Submitted by: Kelsey, Grade 4
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Photo Courtesy of the Racine Zoologicial Society
Why Study This Topic?
I wanted to study this topic because I
like learning about mammals. I wanted to know about interesting habits
that they might have. I also wanted to know what orangutans eat, and where
What Was Already Known
I knew that orangutans are part of the
same family as humans. They are primates, and that they have reddish-brown
Search for Information
I searched for information in the Owl
, Ranger Rick, and
National Geographic World magazines.
I also used Birute Galdikas's
Among the Orangutans book, which gave
me information on her work with orangutans.
Description of Plant or Animal
Orangutans have shiny, red hair. They
have powerful arms, which are eight feet long. Orangutans have strong teeth
and jaws. Their legs are smaller and weaker than their arms.The orangutan's
legs are five feet long. Orangutans are 200 pounds, and have very heavy
bodies. Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammal. Arboreal means living
Orangutans live in the tropical rainforests
of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans build crude nests, and they are the only
animals who build a roof when it rains. Orangutans live in the canopy of
the rain forest.
Orangutans are much like humans, and they
are very intelligent. They are tree dwelling animals. When they travel
through trees, they don't move to the next branch until they have a firm
grip on it. Orangutans often drop seeds while they are traveling though
trees. That makes more food for them. Older orangutans usually go off by
themselves; younger orangutans play and stay together. There are a little
more than five thousand orangutans left in the world. Orangutans have well-developed
brains just like humans, and believe it or not, orangutans are part of
the same family as humans!
Reasons for Endangerment
Orangutans are endangered because people
are shooting them, and wrecking their habitat by cutting down trees. When
people cut down the trees, orangutans can not find food. Because people
have been shooting the animals and cutting down trees, orangutans may disappear
forever. Orangutans are often used as pets.
People can save orangutans by not cutting
down the trees, and not shooting them. Orangutans are already protected
by law, but is the law enough to stop some people?
What Was Learned
I learned that orangutans are the only
primates that live in the trees and that orangutans build nests. I also
learned that orangutans are mammals.
Conclusions From Research
I learned that I had to keep working even if things
did not work out, and that if I wanted to get this project done, I had
to keep working. I learned people can save orangutans by not shooting them,
and not destroying their habitat.
here for more information on Orangutans from the American Zoo and Aquarium
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Last updated on May 3, 1998