Sunday, September 6, 2009

Orangutan

This is 1992 series of 500Rp Indonesian banknote that features an Orangutan, one of the intelligent great apes in the world. Orangutan is one of the endangered species of great apes and can only be found in rainforest of Sabah and Sarawak of Malaysia and also Kalimantan and Sumatra of Indonesia.

The origin of Orangutan name indeeds is derived from the Indonesian and Malays words in which the Orang means 'person' and Utan or Hutan means 'forest'. Thus, the local people name this great apes as 'person of the forest' mainly due to its similarity of outlook to human being. The fact is this great apes are our closest relatives in the animal world, sharing 97% of same DNA with us - human being.

The 500Rp banknote issued on 28 December 1992 features an Orang Utan.

A typical Orangutan can reach up to standing height of 1.2 to 1.5 meters with the body weight of 33 to 82 kilograms. Their lifespan is about 35 to 40 years in wild habitat. In view of the endangered situation of this great apes, there are already many organisations out there are so dedicated to the conservation of Orangutan and their natural rainforest home. We should support all of them by all mean.

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