Quick Facts about Orangutans:

  • Orangutan means person of the forest in the Indonesian and Malaysian languages.
  • Orangutans have cognitive maps, often returning to the same feeding sites that they have visited in the past to forage for fruit, insects, and flowers.
  • Orangutans are the largest tree dwelling animals.
  • Everything orangutans learn, they learn from their mother.

The El Paso Zoo is home to an orangutan family of three! Ibu and Butch have their hands full with the adventurous 5-year-old Khaleesi, who likes to climb to the tallest point of the tallest palm tree!

Conservation Status:  Endangered
El Paso Zoo Location:  Asia