The Orangutan Family Life

Orangutans take bonding with their newborns very seriously.

Female Orangutans live up to 45 years, yet in all their life time, they give birth to not more than 3 infants. After reaching maturity at the age of 15 or 16, female Orangutans give birth once every 7 or 8 years. This makes them perhaps, some of the slowest breeding mammals on our planet. They nurse their young until they reach the age of 7 or 8 before they have the next infant.

The bond between mother and newborn Orangutan is remarkably strong. In the first year of its life, an infant Orangutan is almost permanently glued to its mother’s body. After that, it will never stray far away from her until the next infant is born. Adolescent females may linger and observe how their mothers care for newborn babies.Young males however, are pushed away by their mothers shortly after a new sibling is born. They will then wander through the forest alone, covering an area of approximately 15 square kilometers or more. They tend to avoid other males and meet with females only to mate.

Females always stay in a much smaller tract of forest through out their life time. Occasionally, they feed with other females in the same tree, but even then, there is little or no socializing. The solitary life of Orangutans makes them unique among apes.

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16 Responses to “The Orangutan Family Life”
  1. Lord Banks Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Great info I’ve learned something today, well done. LB


  2. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Very interesting share about orangutans…I think they are well aware of family planning…giving birth to not more than 3 infants.


  3. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I didn’t think a female only gave birth to three babies in her lifetime. Sounds like natural family planning, do you think they are Roman Catholic like me?=)
    I feel bad for the male when its mother has another baby. My mom and I always wanted one of them.


  4. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

    A very interesting share. Try relocating this to science though.


  5. TwiKnight Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    The word ‘orangutan’ here literally means ‘jungle man’. Certainly learned something here today too. :)


  6. Starpisces Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

    very interesting. I learn more about them,


  7. albert1jemi Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    excellent one


  8. LCM Linda Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Interesting topic. Learn new things. Thanks of sharing.


  9. wonder Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Many new facts,that they do not socialize, is quite interesting.


  10. Mary Patricia Bird Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Enlightening article.


  11. lillyrose Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Wonderful write Gabby! I didn’t know half these facts but I did think they lived longer than mid 40’s! but there you go, you cleared that one up for me. x


  12. Raj the Tora Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I love Orang babies, so cute chubby and mischievious


  13. PSingh1990 Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Nice Share.

    :-)


  14. Anj M Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Wonderfully interesting piece..


  15. yes me Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Another interesting one Gaby cheers


  16. papaleng Says...

    On November 30, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Another well-detailed and interesting article. keep them coming, my friend.


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