Bornean Orangutan

(Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus)

Mammals | Borneo

Animal Info

There are two female orangutans, Kumang and Bella, and one male, Denda. Bella was born in April 2013 to Kumang and Denda. Kumang, born in England, came here in 1991. Denda, born in 2002, came to the Zoo in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. Orangutans are the most endangered of all the apes. Seneca Park Zoo is a participant in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the orangutan. The danger to orangutans is the habitat destruction of their forests caused by land conversion for palm oil plantations, logging and poaching.


Canopy of lowland forests, swamp forests and in tropical rainforests, orangutans are found on the Indonesian island of Borneo and in Malaysia.


Various fruits such as mangoes and durian, leaves, seeds, bark, eggs and insects. The diet of an orangutan is very diverse.

The Zoo uses science to learn more about orangutans.

Did you know?

Orangutans are the largest tree-living animal on earth, as well as the largest fruit-eating animal.

Males weigh up to 250 pounds and females weigh around 110 pounds.

Orangutan, in Malay, means “person of the forest.”

Orangutans are very intelligent creatures that have an innate curiosity.

A female orangutan can be more than four times stronger than an average man and male orangutans can be more than eight times stronger.

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