My God! Beautiful! 😘😍😘😍😘😍
Hi Aurora, hi Cheyenne.
- A baby critically endangered Bornean orangutan named Aurora, with her adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross at the @HoustonZoo
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The Bornean orangutan is the largest arboreal (tree dwelling) animal alive, with mature males reaching up to 220 pounds and growing to four and a half feet tall.
Orangutans depend on high-quality forests to live in. Unfortunately, many orangutan populations are located in unprotected areas where humans have begun to develop palm oil plantations and other agricultural farmland. Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on Earth and is used in 50% of all packaged products (including shampoo, lipstick, and ice cream), so the demand to continue developing these plantations is high. Deliberate fires set to clear land, as well as killing upon sight by developers, are a significant threats to orangutans. Taking young orangutans from the wild and exporting them into the pet trade is also devastating the species.
Since females give birth every eight or nine years to just one infant at a time, even a 1% decrease in female orangutans per year could put this species on a permanent path to extinction.
To see portraits of a Sumatran orangutan, check out @natgeo
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