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Mission: Inspire & engage youth globally to create concern for orangutans & their forest habitat; to stop the illegal orangutan trade; help the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Did You Know: -In Malay orang means "person" and utan is derived from hutan, which means "forest." Thus, orangutan literally means "person of the forest." -Orangutans share nearly 97% of their genetic material with humans. Our close genetic relatedness with all the great apes make us sibling species. -Orangutans’ arms stretch out longer than their bodies - over 7 ft. from fingertip to fingertip - and are used to employ a "hookgrip." -When on the ground, they walk on all fours, using their palms or their fists. -When male orangutans are about 15 years old, they develop large cheek pads, which female orangutans apparently find attractive. -When males are fighting, they charge at each other and break branches. If that doesn’t scare one of them away, they grapple and bite each other. -For the first few years of his/her life, a young orangutan holds tight to his/her mother’s body as she moves through the forest in search of fruit. Later, he/she will follow the mother as she moves through the trees. -Like humans, orangutans have opposable thumbs. Their big toes are also opposable. -Orangutans have tremendous strength, which enables them to brachiate (swing from branch to branch) and hang upside-down from branches for long periods of time to retrieve fruit and eat young leaves. -About a million years ago, orangutans lived throughout much of Asia, from Java in the south, right up into Laos and southern China. Today they are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. -Asia's only great ape, the orangutan has recently been re-classified as belonging to two distinct species, reflecting their geographical distribution: Pongo pygmaeus (on Borneo) and Pongo abelii (on Sumatra). -Under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, the Sumatran orangutan is classified as critically endangered and the Bornean as endangered. How You Can Help: - JOIN the cause: through Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) http://www.orangutanrepublik.org or become a member of CLUB O.R.A.N.G.E. (Orangutans and Rainforests Are Necessary and Great for Earth). Contact Sarah, OUREI Youth Ambassador at sarah@orangutanrepublik.org -SIGN the online petition to stop the illegal orangutan trade at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/12/stop-the-illegal-orangutan-trade/ - SHARE the cause on your own wall for friends to join - INVITE all your friends by signing the 'Invite Pledge' - DISPLAY the cause in your profile - ACTIVATE newsfeeds for Causes app - COMMIT to participating in Orangutan Caring Week 2009 (November) 1. 1. Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest primate relatives; they are very intelligent; can learn rudiments of language; have primitive culture 2. 2. Orangutans are the gardener’s of the rain forest: they disperse seeds & shape an ecosystem that provides the planet with rain & a stable climate 3. 3. The species could go extinct in most of their range in the next 10-20 years; with their extinction will be the loss of tremendous biodiversity 4. 4. Orangutans are illegally captured and sold into the pet trade; the mother is brutally killed causing trauma to the baby & the population to crash 5. 5. We believe that youth can help save orangutans by educating ourselves and world leaders about their plight and our responsibility to save them