Meaning "Man or person of the forest" in the Malay language, Orangutans are large arboreal apes living in southeast Asia, specifically on the Islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The Orangutan habitat is tropical rain forest, including hill and swamp areas. They are of the Genus: Pongo, Species: pygmaeus (Borneo) and abelii (Sumatran). Both species are endangered and the Sumatran abelii is critical.

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What day of the week was June 21st 1956?

June 21, 1956, was a Thursday.


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How many months are between January and August?

Six months are between January and August.

- February

- March

- April

- May

- June

- July

Literature Classics

What book does the character Quilp appear in?

The most famous one is in Charles Dickens's "The Old Curiosity Shop".

charley and the chocolate factory


What day of the week was April 9th 2005?

April 9 2005 was a Saturday.


Where in the world do rain forest orangutans live?

Borneo is one place.


How many days from November 17 2010 to February 7 2011?

There are 82 days between November 17, 2010 and February 7, 2011.


What ecosystem does a orangutan live in?

A Rainforest in Sumatra or Borneo.


What day was March 30 1985?

March 30 1985 was a Saturday.


How can you legally own an orangutan?

These days you can own anything, with permission. You would probably need a license to be able to own a wild animal like this. I know you can have a monkey, but you probably would have to get a registered license.


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What day was September 29 1949?

September 29, 1949, was a Thursday.


What autumn month has thirty days?

November September


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History of India

Why was dandi march held and who headed the march?

The British used to impose salt tax in British-India, which was a ludicrous concept because Indians were expected to pay heavy taxes on a most essential item that was produced indigenously. The British has also banned the production and sale of salt by anyone else than a few licensed British Corporations.

Mahatma Gandhi, propagating his principles of passive resistance and peaceful demonstration (Satyagraha) decided that he will violate the Salt law, and led a march of over 400 volunteers from Sabarmati to the coastal town of Dandi in Gujarat. There, he ceremoniously produced salt by boiling sea water.


How many days until january31 2011?

As today is November 20, 2010 there are 72 days until January 31, 2011.

Animal Life

What animals live in the canopy layer?

Flying squirrels, pythons, parakeets, canaries, monkeys and lorises.


howler monkey


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golden lion

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Animals Found in the Canopy Layer of the Rainforest

Many animal species live in the canopy layer as it is rich in fruits and seeds. Monkeys, sloths, bats, tree frogs, ants, beetles, parrots, hummingbirds and snakes are some of the many species that are found in the canopy layer of the rainforest.

The Toucan is one of the many exotic birds of the tropical rainforests found in the canopy layer. There are about 40 different species of the noisy Toucan. The colorful, sharp bill of the Toucan is used to squash the fruits and berries. They even use it to kill and eat small lizards and birds. This bird is found in the canopy layer of the rainforest in South and Central America. These bright, noisy birds are very important to the rainforest canopy layer as they disperse seeds from fruits and berries throughout the forest.

Poison arrow frogs are found in the canopy layer of South and Central America. The poison of these bright colored frogs can cause paralysis and even death. The poison of one frog can kill about 100 grown people. These frogs are about the size of a man's thumbnail. Hunters dip their arrow heads in the poison of the frogs giving rise to its unusual name.

The socially compatible and intelligent macaws are native to the rainforest canopy layer of the Central and South America. There are about 16 species of these beautiful birds. Excessive deforestation and the greed of owning these exotic animals as pets have made the birds enter the list of endangered species list.

Spider monkeys are found high in the canopy layer of the rainforest. They eat fruits, seeds and also plants. The spider monkeys have four fingers and no thumb! They love to hang upside down with their four limbs and the tail holding the branches. This makes them look like spiders, thus giving them the name. Spider monkeys are on the list of endangered rainforest animals due to excessive hunting.

Sloths are nocturnal animals that can live up to 30 years. They are extremely slow moving mammals found in the canopy layer of the rainforest. They need very little food due to their slow metabolism rate. These animals rarely climb down the trees and tiny algae grow all over their coat!

The other tropical rainforests animals found in the canopy layer are tree snails, morpho butterfly, boa constrictor, rhinoceros beetle, jaguars and leopards


What day was February 7 1950?

February 7th 1950 was a Tuesday.


What does an orangutan use to build its shelter?

twigs , leaves , and trees


What are the special characteristics of orangutan to survive in its habitat?

BEHAVIOROrangutans spend their lives in the tropical forest canopy 20 to 100 feet off the ground. It is assumed that one of the reasons for this, is because the tigers would be its main natural predator. However, with the tiger being extinct in Borneo, adult male orangutans will come down and spend up to about 5% of their time on the forest floor. Usually this is to move from one stand of trees to another. Sometimes orangutans, when on the ground, will go into the water (but not to swim).

Considering the large size of the orangutan, movement from one tree or branch to another is graceful and agile, yet slow. An orangutan seldom covers more than mile in a day (1 km). However they have a vast range in which they hunt for their food. Males may use several thousand hectares and females use several hundred. When moving on the ground they are slow and awkward appearing. Because of its arboreal lifestyle with little need to come down from the trees, the orangutan has never learned to knuckle-walk like the gorilla and chimpanzee, instead it fist walks. Staying high in the trees keeps them away from predators such as tigers and leopards.

Orangutans build two nests a day; a sparse one for a short nap and a stronger sleeping nest every night which is constructed from branches with leaves on them, 40 to 60 feet above the ground. The sleeping nest looks like a giant birds nest and on average, only takes about 5 minutes to construct. Babies and juveniles, up to about the age of 8, unless having become more independent earlier, will sleep with their mothers in her nest. Occasionally orangutans will sleep in an old nest. If it is rainy enough, they will fashion a cover to help keep them dry. It is not uncommon to see them holding a large palm frond over their head if it is raining hard.

Adult orangutans on the island of Borneo tend to be more solitary animals than those on Sumatra. They will forage and travel independent of one another and males tend to break ties with their mothers earlier than females. Social relationships are formed by individual orangutans that have regularly overlapping ranges. However that does not mean that there will be any actual social interaction between them when they meet. For example, if several orangutans (not adult males) are seeking out fruit at the same tree they will usually sit apart with little or no social interaction and will leave alone after eating.

Sumatran orangutans, on the other hand, behave more socially toward one another. Except for low-ranking adult males, they will travel together and occasionally bonds will form between low-ranking adult males, but usually male relationships are competitive. The higher degree of social interaction between Sumatran orangutans is a function of the fact that their habitat on Sumatra is more productive than that on Borneo. This productivity keeps the cost of traveling and eating together much lower and therefore the animals can benefit from the social benefits resulting from group life. Researchers point to tool using by Sumatran orangutans as a result of this group life-style.

Adult male orangutans will make a booming long call several times a day, that along with a number of possible functions, keeps subordinate males away. This call will carry over a mile through the dense forest. If by chance a subordinate male encounters an adult male, the subordinate male will be tolerated as long he keeps his distance. However if two adult males meet it will usually result in a violent and aggressive display or actual fight. Orangutans make a number of different vocalizations besides the long call. One of the most well known is the kiss squeak and grumph sound they will make when disturbed. Youngsters will whine when they need help from their mother is doing something. They also make a number of softer sounds to each other that are difficult for researchers to hear. Orangutan also break off weak branches and will throw them down to the ground when disturbed, an action that all field researchers are very familiar with.


What day was November 7 1999?

November 7, 1999 fell on a Sunday.


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