Malay for 'person of the forest', the orangutan is the world’s largest tree-dwelling mammal, and 97% genetically similar to humans.

Orangutans are known as the 'gardeners of the forest' due to the vital role they play in seed dispersal – assisting in forest growth and regeneration that supports a wealth of biodiversity .

Illegal logging and the burning of rainforests and peat swamp forests to plant oil palm plantations in Borneo and Sumatra remains the biggest threat to the orangutan.

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Orangutan training session

Taking a blood sample from a male orangutan with a two metre arm-span is no easy task. Watch how our Primate team work with orangutan Charlie during one of his training sessions.

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Our orangutans return to Auckland!