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It's an orangutan!

Did you know the word orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language? Found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, orangutans are the world's largest tree-climbing mammals. They make nests of trees of vegetation to sleep in at night and rest in during the day. They are considered to be "gardeners" of the forest, playing a vital role in seed dispersal.

Their forest habitat is fast disappearing to make way for oil palm plantations and other agricultural plantations. Today, more than 50% of orangutans are found outside protected areas in forests under management by timber, palm oil, and mining companies.

WWF works in Borneo and Sumatra to secure well-managed protected areas and wider forest landscapes to connect sub-populations of orangutans.

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