Photos: Facts about Orangutans You Didn’t Know About

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Photos: Facts about Orangutans You Didn’t Know About



Recently I visited orangutans at Camp Leakey that runs by Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). The long history and inspirational work of OFI touched all of us. I’ll tell you the story in another post. First, I wanted to share the photos of amazing orangutans. It’s hard not to appreciate them while watching how they move and react. We even saw a couple of wild orangutans on the boat which was extremely rare experience as I’ve heard. However the main event was at the two camps at Camp Leakey. Visitors can join the rangers during the feeding time to watch orangutans. As Dr. Briute said, Camp Leakey is ‘NYC for the country folks’. Meaning, you wouldn’t want to live there but would want to visit once in a while.


Here I’m sharing interesting facts that I learnt during the visit, and part of the photos. Believe it or not, I took 900 photos of orangutans. It was quite a hard journey to pick out the good photos.


Facts about orangutans you didn’t know about


✪ Orangutan means ‘the person of the forest’ in Malay language. Oran means person, utan means forest. Technically, Orang utan (a space in the middle) would be the right way to say it.


✪ They like durians the best, better than bananas. (Surprise!)


✪ For the first few years of his/her life, a young orangutan holds tight to his/her mother’s body as she moves through the forest canopy. The mums keep their babies for 7-8 years.


✪ The chickpad is a sign of the dominant male but not all males have it. They go deep in the jungle for 3-6 months and come out all grown up. People still don’t know exactly about the process.


✪ Orangutans have eight times stronger strength than human.


✪ They have an attention span of four-year-old kid. So they respond better to a dominant tone.


✪ Orangutans usually eat fruits and young leaves from the tree.


✪ Orangutans are in danger because of the illegal logging and palm oil plantation. Also, people kill the mum to capture the baby orangutans.

Doyok was watching us for a long time

Orangutan loves milk

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan in the sunlight

Tut and his son Thor

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

He was about to eat bananas on the tree

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Tut and his son Thor

Doyok's hand

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Gibbons are family too

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey

Orangutan at the camp Leakey


Doyok eating bananas

Orangutan at the camp Leakey


#My visit to orangutans are sponsored by Indonesia Tourism due to the #Travel2Indonesia project partnership. However, the contents are my own. 


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. Maris King says:

    Such a beautiful photos of Orangutans.
    I was surprised that thy loved Durians than bananas.

  2. Juno these are some seriously amazing photos! That one fella needs some serious dental work though. 🙂

  3. Abby says:

    These are absolutely amazing, girl. Just incredible!! I fell in love with orangutans when I spent a month in Borneo. Sadly, my laptop and hard drive were stolen soon after, so all of my photos are gone. But they couldn’t hold a candle to yours anyway!!

  4. Lovely orangutan photos! Thanks for the visual nature treat… It’s stories like this that help spead awareness about orangutans’ precarious existence – and hopefully help lead to their protection.

  5. Jenna says:

    These are just lovely, and the beauty of these animals, especially the ones with babies/young orangutans, brought tears to my eyes. We have talked about taking my kids there at some point, but your post really inspired me to go.

  6. Alex says:

    I love the “person of the forest” fact! Also the photo of the Orangutan with the entire bunch of bananas in his mouth — priceless!

  7. Beautiful photo! I went to Borneo on my honeymoon, and we saw orangutans in Rasa Ria (in Malaysian Borneo). Love those funny guys.

  8. Tiffany says:

    The fact about them loving durian instead of banana is quite surprising. It’s really fascinating to watch orangutans move around and sometimes act like humans.

  9. These are remarkable! Something about orangutans just makes my heart melt…

  10. Kathryn says:

    Such gorgeous photos. Cheered up an otherwise dull day! 🙂

  11. Erica says:

    These are beautiful Juno! <3

  12. Great photos Juno! I am also quite shocked like everyone else about the fact that they like durians better!

    • Juno says:

      I know, right? They feed bananas during the feeding time but they like the wild durians the best, according to OFI people. I guess they like the smell too. Not me! 🙂

  13. Bianca says:

    You took some fantastic photos. It must have been difficult to pick out only a few to use in the blog.
    Seeing Orangutans in Borneo is definitely on my traveling to do list. This post just made me want o go even more.

  14. angela says:

    it is also gonna be my to do list!

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  16. Leigh says:

    What fabulous shots and great information about orangutans. This is a first class post!!

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  18. guy says:

    you are blessed. thanks for sharing the blessings.

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  21. Stunning Pictures! I especially love the one where one of orangutans is holding the bunch of bananas in his mouth to look like teeth

  22. I just hope that humans take more precautions and responsibility so that our development doesn’t necessarily have to harm the natural ecosystem. Such lovely mammals, can’t believe they love durian that much!

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  24. Hi Juno! There are a beautifull Orangutan Puctures! I really love that!! Thanks for sharing☺️☺️☺️

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