Orangutan meeting first time in season

Orangutan meeting first time in season



After a gestation period that lasts for around nine months, the female orangutan gives birth to a single infant in a special nest built high in the trees. Young orangutans cling onto their mother’s hair to stay secure whilst she is moving through the trees in search of food and is not fully weaned until they are three years old. However, orangutans will remain with their mother until they are often seven or eight years old as she teaches them the skills they need to survive in the forest. 



This includes learning about what plants to eat and where they can be found and also involves them being taught how to use tools such as sticks and leaves to make life easier. The orangutan is one of the most slow-developing mammals on the planet that cannot breed until it is between 12 and 15 years old. Females tend to have a maximum of three offspring during their life which means that in areas where populations have been affected by hunting or habitat loss, they take a very long time to recover.




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