Below are a few baby orangutan photos taken on my Borneo orangutan tours to Tanjung Puting national park. Every year I run a couple of Borneo orangutan fundraising trips in partnership with the Orangutan Foundation. Here we spend time observing and photographing orangutans and other wildlife thriving in this area. There’s also another blog page here with more orangutan baby photos.
Baby orangutan photos – a few facts and images
Orangutans are one of the best mother’s in the natural world with their offspring dependent on them for about eight years.
Orangutans have the longest birth interval of any mammal; a baby is only born about once every eight years which makes them vulnerable to extinction.
Orangutans sometimes still breastfeed up to about eight years old although they usually ween after about four years.
Baby orangutans don’t leave their mother’s side for the first year, quickly learning to cling on using their arms and legs.
Observing the close relationship between a mother and baby orangutan is one of nature’s great wildlife experiences.
Part of the mother’s role is to teach her offspring which food is edible. Here, her youngster was about three years old and had strayed slightly too far away for its mother’s liking. I found it amusing how the mother tried to tell it off to get the look back; ‘but you unconditionally love me ?’
After a downpour in the forest this baby orangutan left it’s mother’s side to come and have a closer look. On inspection you can actually see the reflection of me taking her photo in its eyes. This image was chosen as the front cover for The Orangutan’s World – a photographic celebration of Borneo wildlife.