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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
An orangutan races up a tree and in two minutes builds a comfortable bed from branches and leaves

Suddenly, the orangutan races up a tree and in two minutes builds a comfortable bed from branches and leaves. As he settles in for a nap, he casts a glance at us wondering why we’re so interested. In the northern part of Sumatra, Indonesia approximately, 5,000 to 6,000 orangutans live in the 9,500 km2 jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. Bukit Lawang Sanctuary, a biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO, is one of two remaining areas where orangutans, apes with characteristically long arms and reddish brown fur, still call home. The other is in Borneo. The word orang means human in Indonesian. We share 97% of our genetic heritage with this endangered species.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
Copyright: © Alain Schroeder