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Habitat

Rainforests of Borneo

Wild Diet

Mainly fruit but also leaves, bark, buds, flowers, seeds, insects, young birds and eggs.

Behaviour

This is the second largest of the apes. It has a shaggy coat, which is a reddish brown colour. They are heavily built and the arms reach to their ankles. Adults usually live alone but infants remain with their mother and become completely independent by 6 - 9 years of age.

Breeding

A single youngster is born after a gestation of 260 - 270 days (8.5 - 9 months). Young orang utans have white speckles of skin around the eyes, which darken as they get older.

Threats

Hunting, pet trade, habitat destruction.

Conservation

Wild orang utans have global legal protection. Some orangs live within protected forests and there are successful rehabilitation programmes for rescued pets and orphans. There are also conservation breeding programmes in zoos world-wide including a European Endangered species Programme (EEP).

How do I adopt an orang utan?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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