Free-Ranging Orang Utan
Singapore Zoo is the first zoo in the world to feature a free-ranging area for the orang utans, our flagship species.
Our orang utan habitat is one of our biggest exhibits and certainly the most unique. Two free-ranging areas, an island and a boardwalk complete with tall trees and thick vegetation, have been created for visitors to view these fascinating creatures. The absence of walls and the inclusion of the raised boardwalk allow guests to have an almost entirely 360 degree view at an elevated angle.
To simulate the natural rainforest environment, multi-tier climbing platforms have been constructed for these arboreal creatures to swing, climb and play around. These double up as escape routes when fights break out. Our orang utan habitat is also equipped with behavioural enrichment devices to ensure these smart apes stay intellectually and physically engaged every day.
One people, two faces
Singapore Zoo is home to two species of orang utans: the Bornean orang utan and the Sumatran orang utan. How are the two different? The Sumatran orang utan has a rich rust-brown coat. Adults often sport a golden beard – even the females! Conversely, the Bornean species are much darker in colour.
Hang around for more
Our award-winning Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife programme is a perfect opportunity for you to get to know the ‘man of the forest’ family better as you enjoy a scrumptious morning buffet spread and a photo opportunity with them.
Or you can also witness the orang utans ambling down the lowered logs from the various access points within the free-ranging area to enjoy their token feeding sessions. Then have your photographs taken with these amazing apes at the following times:
- Island free-ranging area at 11.00am and 3.30pm daily
- Boardwalk free-ranging area at 4.30pm daily
A fuzzy future
Forest fires and logging contribute to the destruction of the orang utans’ natural homes while poaching further reduces their already alarmingly low numbers. There are only an estimated 55,000 Bornean orang utans left while the critically endangered Sumatrans now number around just 7,500.
Singapore Zoo has always been a strong advocate for the survival of orang utans. We are proud to have bred a total of 37 orang utans to date. Some have been sent to zoos in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of a worldwide exchange programme to facilitate the breeding of these highly endangered apes.