Facts about Orangutans You Didn’t Know About

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Facts about Orangutans You Didn’t Know About

Orangutans in Indonesian Borneo, Kalimantan

How much do we know about orangutans?

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 an 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 learned 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.


Doyok was watching us for a long time

Doyok was watching us for a long time


Facts about orangutans you didn’t know about

  • Orangutan means ‘the person of the forest’ in the 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!).
  • Orangutans and human genomes are 97% identical.
  • 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 chick pad 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 humans.
  • They have an attention span of a 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 their mothers to capture baby orangutans.


That’s one way to relax 😉

Amazing color of her hair

A man of forest

Orangutan babies stay with their mom for 7-9 years

Orangutan babies learn their life skills from their mom

Orangutans eating bananas

Their hair shines golden through the sunlight

That color

I love watching the hands of orangutans. It looks so similar to ours.

Orangutans in Kalimantan

Orangutan junior growing up

Mother’s love

Doyok is a dominant male



Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  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. Awesome photos, Juno!

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

  11. Kathryn says:

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

  12. Erica says:

    These are beautiful Juno! <3

  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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.

  15. angela says:

    it is also gonna be my to do list!

  16. Leigh says:

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

  17. guy says:

    you are blessed. thanks for sharing the blessings.

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

  19. 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!

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

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