Animal Picture of the Day:
Mountain Gorilla

mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) are large, quiet, gentle apes that live in Africa. Although gorillas are frequently portrayed as aggressive, dangerous killers, they are actually shy, peaceful vegetarians. Due to massive loss of habitat and poaching these gentle, majestic primates are in great danger of going extinct.

Animal Picture of the Day:
Orangutan, Forest Person

Win the "King" Orangutang in Tanjung Puting National Park. Picture taken in 2005. Source

Win the “King” Orangutang in Tanjung Puting National Park. 2005 photo.

Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes and spend most of their time in trees. Males and females differ in size and appearance. Dominant adult males have distinctive cheek pads and produce long calls that attract females and intimidate rivals.

The name “orangutan” (also written orang-utan, orang utan, orangutang, and ourang-outang) is derived from the Malay and Indonesian words orang meaning “person” and hutan meaning “forest,” therefore orangutan means “person of the forest.”

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