Orangutans do not pose any significant threat to humans



Some people may have recently been misinformed about the relationship between orangutans and humans. We’d like to set the record straight and confirm that orangutans do not pose any significant threat to humans.

In the wild, orangutans live a mainly solitary life and live as far away from humans as possible. Spending most of their time high up in the trees and only very rarely venturing down to the ground. They are a quiet and gentle species, only really showing aggression if two males are competing for female attention. Attacks by wild orangutans on humans are virtually unheard of and would only happen if the orangutan felt in considerable danger. Sighting an orangutan in their natural habitat is very difficult, as they will retreat from any perceived threat or predator, which includes humans.

Orangutans are our closest cousin, but their population has declined by 50% over the last 60 years. They are a ‘keystone species’, meaning they are responsible for the survival of many other species and their rainforest habitat. Orangutans are crucial for maintaining the global health of the environment.

Human activity poses the greatest threat to orangutans due to deforestation, hunting, forest fires, climate change and lack of awareness. Misinformation about these beautiful apes can jeopardise their lives further. They’re just one step away from extinction and we should do all we can to help bring them back from the brink.

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