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|This male orangutan lives at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO with his mate and baby. This small family kept me entertained for over an hour - I will be posting more photos! Here this male is using a piece of straw as a toothpick.|
In the wild, orangutans have been observed making simple tools to scratch themselves. They also use leafy branches to shelter themselves from rain and sun, and sometimes even drape large leaves over themselves like a poncho. They have also been observed using branches as tools during insect foraging, honey collection, and protection against bees, and to fish for branches or fruit that is out of reach.
Along with the bonobo, the chimpanzee, and the gorilla, the orangutan is remarkably similar to humans, in terms of anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Like the other great apes, orangutans are highly intelligent, as seen in their advanced tool use and distinct cultural patterns. Their native intelligence is often used to solve problems related to arboreal travel and food processing. However, their rainforest habitat is continuously being destroyed by illegal logging, mining, farming, and palm oil plantations. Despite formally protected status, the wild orangutan continues to be a critically endangered species and could soon become extinct in the wild. Experts predict wild orangutans could become extinct as natural populations in ten to twenty years.
I took this shot through glass with bright sun backlighting at 75mm.
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- [2005-07-14 16:18]
For me, it is a fabulous close up shot.
You were there in a good moment, precise. Congratulations, Jennifer.