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Orangutan Bali – Witnessing a Unique Species Found Only in Indonesia

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Orangutan Bali – Witnessing a Unique Species Found Only in Indonesia

Orangutan Bali

Indonesia is a country blessed with rich biodiversity. One of its treasures is the diversity of endemic fauna found exclusively in Indonesia. One such renowned endemic animal of Indonesia is the Orangutan. For those who admire unique animals and happen to be in Bali, you can visit the Bali Zoo to get up close and personal with one of Indonesia’s flagship primates, the Orangutan Bali.


Getting to Know the Orangutan Better

The Orangutan is one of the rare primate species from Asia and can now only be found in Indonesia, specifically in Kalimantan, one of the islands of Indonesia. Previously, this species was spread across Southeast Asia and southern China. However, they are now confined to the rainforests of Kalimantan and Sumatra, divided into only three species.

These animals are classified as endangered due to their dwindling population. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 72,000 left, and efforts are made to preserve them in the wild, with some cared for in conservation zoos. Orangutans belong to the great ape family and are the largest arboreal mammals. “Arboreal” refers to animals adapted to living and moving in trees. They are also a genus within the subfamily Ponginae, a subfamily separate from Hominidae, which includes Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

Physically, Orangutans resemble a tortoise with reddish-brown hair and a face ranging in color from pink, brown, to black. They have large bodies, with males weighing between 50-90 kg and females between 30-50 kg, and standing at heights of 1.25-1.50 meters.

Orangutans are considered intelligent animals, comparable to chimpanzees, and are even regarded as among the most intelligent primates. They can construct complex nests using intricate tools made from leaves and tree branches. Moreover, international research suggests that Orangutans can develop distinct cultures within different groups of their species.

Therefore, it’s crucial to preserve all wildlife to enable them to thrive in their habitats and coexist with other animals, including humans. If you’re curious about these fascinating creatures, you can observe Orangutan Bali at Bali Zoo or Bali Safari and Marine Park.


3 Orangutan Species

Currently, there are three Orangutan species found in Indonesia. Each species is protected to maintain their diversity, as they are all considered critically endangered. Despite this, these species still face threats from poaching.

The three Orangutan species you can encounter are as follows:


1. Bornean Orangutan

The Bornean Orangutan, scientifically known as Pongo pygmaeus, features long, dark red hair covering its entire body. This species has a gradient of colors on its face, ranging from pinkish-red to black. They can weigh up to 90 kg and stand at heights of 1.25 meters. Their distinctive features include long arms and large cheek pads.


2. Sumatran Orangutan

This species, named Pongo abelii, originates from the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. They stand at heights ranging from 1.25 to 1.50 meters and weigh between 30 to 50 kg. Male Sumatran Orangutans have longer cheek pads. Males are typically solitary, while females are often found in groups with their offspring, which gradually become independent as they mature.


3. Tapanuli Orangutan

The Tapanuli Orangutan, scientifically referred to as Pongo tapanuliensis, has distinct physical characteristics, including thicker, curly fur and prominent mustaches and beards. They have flatter cheeks and blondish hair. They are shorter, ranging from 1.1 to 1.3 meters in height.


You can delve deeper into learning about these three Orangutan species through various online resources. Alternatively, if you’re in Indonesia, specifically in Bali, you can observe and learn about the Orangutan Bali with its uniqueness. Here are the places you can visit to see Orangutans in Bali.


Observing Orangutans at Bali Zoo Park

For those in Bali eager to witness this unique Indonesian endemic species, you can visit one of the two wildlife attractions in Bali. Here are our recommendations.


1. Bali Zoo Park

Orangutan Bali

Located in Gianyar, Bali. Bali Zoo Park is not just an ordinary zoo showcasing various animals but also serves as an educational destination to learn about biodiversity and animal behavior.

Bali Zoo Park offers numerous attractions, not only exhibiting various animal species worldwide but also providing family recreational activities. It introduces visitors to a variety of Indonesian flora as well. Therefore, if you wish to see Orangutan Bali, this place should be on your list.

One of the highlights of this place is the opportunity to have breakfast with Orangutans. You can enjoy Balinese or international cuisine while observing Orangutans up close. The Orangutans at Bali Zoo Park are trained and pose no threat to visitors.


2. Bali Safari and Marine Park

Orangutan Bali

This safari park, also located in Gianyar, Bali, offers the chance to see Orangutan Bali in their natural habitat. Here, you can embark on a safari journey to observe animals in their native surroundings. Additionally, Bali Safari and Marine Park operate even during the night.

You’ll receive educational presentations about animals, including Orangutans. Moreover, you can interact directly with these animals by feeding them.

Bali Safari and Marine Park provide a more natural environment as the animals here enjoy more freedom compared to those in the wild. Therefore, both Bali Zoo Park and Bali Safari and Marine Park serve as conservation sites for Indonesia’s rare animals and educate tourists about their existence.


Having Breakfast with Orangutans and ATV Riding

To make your vacation more enjoyable, we offer a complete package including ATV riding in Ubud and breakfast with Orangutans. A visit to Ubud is essential when in Bali, especially for ATV enthusiasts.

You’ll ride through lush tropical forests, past massive trees and clear rivers. Moreover, you’ll traverse vast green rice fields that will captivate your senses. Ubud offers the perfect setting for ATV riding.

Afterward, you’ll meet Orangutan Bali and enjoy breakfast with them. You’ll also be taken on a tour of the zoo to see other unique animals and learn about them.

We also provide pick-up from your hotel and will safely drop you back to your hotel. Rest assured, we prioritize your safety and security throughout the journey and during your ATV adventure. Your holiday satisfaction is our primary commitment.

For detailed information and pricing, you can visit our holiday package page and choose the package that suits you best. We guarantee complete satisfaction with our comprehensive holiday packages.


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