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After losing their mothers in the wild, these young orangutans have to learn important life skills in special ways.

Orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language. Forest habitats where orangutans live are being cut down very quickly. People are using the land for palm oil farming. There are protected forests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, but some people still cut down those forests. The loss of habitat is the main reason orangutans are endangered.

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Making Connections


Imagine you were an orangutan Would you like to live high up in the trees? Why or why not?


Have you read a book or watched a movie about other animals that live in a rainforest? What animals were in the book or movie?


Young orangutans live with their mothers for many years. Can you think of other animals that live with their mothers for a long time?

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