Orangutan Forest is home to Tiga our male orangutan. It also features a selection of Asian fish and reptiles, including a species of fresh water turtle, the Asian giant pond turtle.
Orangutan means ‘person of the forest’ in the native languages of Indonesia and Malaysia. Their diet can consist of over 400 different types of food.
Orangutans are extremely endangered in the wild. The main reason is that their rainforest home is being cut down to make way for palm oil plantations. This is a very high profit crop and it is thought that 10% of all supermarket products contain it. This is causing severe habitat loss, which is causing the dramatic depletion in orangutan numbers.
In 2010, Action For The Wild started its support of the Orangutan Foundation, based at the Lamandau River wildlife Reserve in Borneo. To find out more about the project, visit the website: http://www.orangutan.org.uk/
Join us at our daily encounter to learn more about these fascinating animals.