An Adventure with Orangutans


A big reason for my journey to Indonesia was to go to North Sumatra and see orangutans in the wild. Orangutans are one of the closest relatives to humans, so learning about them is a really great way to learn about ourselves and our biological history. Plus, they're super cute! They're incredibly endangered, though, so it's more important than ever that we make people aware of their plight. Hopefully, by encouraging responsible travelers to visit Indonesia and see orangutans in the wild, we can convince people to protect them and ensure they don't go extinct.

What does this creature or plant look like?:

Orangutans look like humans! You can see so much intelligence and emotion in their eyes. They are covered in bright reddish-orange hair and their arms are much longer than ours. Even though they're smaller than humans, they are much, much stronger than us. One orangutan could win a tug-of-war against five grown men! Their hands look like ours as well, but their feet are different. Their feet are used to climb trees, so they can grab things with their feet as well as they can with their hands. Don't you wish you could do that?

How did I feel when I saw it?:

When I first saw the orangutans, I was filled with awe. It's incredible how much they look and act like people I know, and yet they look totally at home in the tops of trees.