A Hilarious Note About Orangutans That Might Just Hit Too Close To Home

It's pretty widely known that orangutans and humans have a lot in common genetically. But there are some key differences...

But seriously. Silliness aside, orangutans aren't living the easy life these days. Their rainforest habitats are rapidly being destroyed by human activity (including illegal logging, palm oil plantations, mining, etc.) as well as huge forest fires. They're also illegally traded and sometimes even hunted. Both species of orangutan are endangered for sure, and they need our help!

If you care about orangutans and the rainforest, consider sharing this post with your friends.

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I pulled the comments above from a post that Alana Karsch made about orangutans. I learned a lot about orangutans (apparently they have "huge throat sacks"?) and the destruction of their habitats from Orangutan Foundation International. To learn more about the role that palm oil plantations play in this, head on over to Rainforest Action Network. Thumbnail photo via Thinkstock.

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Megan Kelley

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