Which Other Animals Will You See At The Great Orangutan Project?

Which Other Animals Will You See At The Great Orangutan Project?

Posted by Connor Whelan on 15th Feb 2017

The Orangutans may be the stars of the show over at The Great Orangutan Project, but did you know that there are a whole host of other animals which have come into the centre and now call it home? Today we want to introduce you to a few of them so you’ll know what you may be able to see if you become a volunteer on this amazing project.

Porcupine

Borneo Porcupine

These large rodents are covered with sharp, rigid quills which are actually a form of modified hair. These spikes offer them a unique form of protection against predators, and these animals can often be found sharing the forest with the orangutan. We wouldn’t recommend getting too close to one though, as those quills can be extremely painful it you come into contact with them!

Binturong

Binturong

The binturong is a unique looking animal which looks somewhat like a cross between a cat and a small bear, but it is not related to either of these animals! In fact the binturong is most closely related to the palm civet. The binturong is suffering and it is classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List as it is estimated that there has been a 30% decline in their numbers over the last three decades.

Sun Bears

Sun Bears

Sun bears are very reclusive animals that that can be found across Asia. They are forest dwelling creatures that can be found lumbering through the lowlands in search of their next meal. Living up to the bear stereotype, sun bears have a certain propensity for honey and this is why they are also known as honey bears in some parts of Asia!

Saltwater Crocodiles

Saltwater Crocodile

There are large populations of saltwater crocodiles in Borneo and these beasts of the animal world are actually the largest living reptiles. Males of the species can reach sizes of up to 23 feet and weigh over 1,000 kg, and this is why they are considered very dangerous to humans. They are apex predators which are 4 million years in the making, so stay very aware when around the crocodiles.

Pig Tailed Macaque

Pig Tailed Macaque

The pig tailed macaque is almost unique in the monkey world as they love water! These monkeys can be found up in trees, and they will often split into groups to track down their varied food sources such as fruit, berries, and even invertebrates. The pig tailed macaques are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and with numbers dropping by 30% over the past 30-36 years something needs to be done to increase conservation efforts surrounding this monkey.

If you are interested in learning more about each of these amazing animals, why not take a look at The Great Orangutan Project Page?


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