The orangutan! Gorillas stop climbing trees once they get too large and heavy, but all their lives, orangutans spend most of their time in the canopy. Their arms are much larger and stronger than their legs, and their short-thumbed hands are perfectly adapted to brachiation.  Walking on the ground is just too inefficient!

The largest collection of orangutans in North America can be found at the Atlanta Zoo, and we highly recommend their website for fascinating videos, charming photos, and lots of orang information. But we also want to highlight the Atlanta Zoo’s efforts in helping rescued orangutans in the wild. They have financially supported the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, purchasing medical supplies for orangutans saved from both the pet trade and from palm oil plantations. It is efforts like this that will ensure orangutans are still able to swing from the treetops for decades to come.