Orangutan Sanctuary Melbourne Zoo
of the more humane enclosures at the Melbourne Zoo is the Orangutan
Sanctuary, where these fascinating creature are cared for in an environment
that simulates their natural habitat. As a tree dwelling creature, it
is vital to their well being to have ample room to use their natural
gifts and swing and play through the tree tops.
Visitors are also well thought of and the management of Melbourne Zoo
should be commended for their vision in making a tree tops walking platform,
where people can see the Orangutans play, high above ground level. There
is nothing finer than watching a young adolescent Orangutan use ropes
and branches to swing from tree to tree.
Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orangutans belong to the species
of Great Apes, so are closely related to humans. Highly intelligent
beings, Orangutans diet consists mainly of fruits and nuts, plus leaves,
bark, honey and bird eggs.
Male Orangutans can grow to almost 6 feet
tall or 175 centimeters, with females being generally smaller than males
growing to just over 4 feet or around 127 centimeters. It is easy to
distinguish males from females as the males head is huge and round,
as in the Orangutan image shown above.
gentle creatures, Orangutans arms are twice as long as their legs, which
probably helps in climbing trees and swinging through the branches.
Orangutans do use a variety of tools to gather food, which shows their
intelligence over other tree dwelling creature. Only found in Borneo
and Sumatra, due to logging and forest clearing, Orangutans are threatened
It is easy to spend hours enjoying the antics of these wonderful creatures
at the Orangutan Sanctuary of Melbourne Zoo. Part of the Asian Rainforest
Exhibit, visitors can now meet Orangutans almost face to face in their
tree tops home.
(Common spellings and misspellings are Orangutan, Orang-utan and Oranutang.
Urangutang is not correct spelling while some regard having the "g"
on the end of the name as incorrect. In Malay, orang means person and
hutan means forest, therefore Orang-utan means a "person of the