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An orangutan

Common clues: Tree climber of Borneo; Ape found on Borneo; Simian swinger; Long-armed ape; Chimp's cousin; Big ape; Shaggy simian; Sumatra swinger

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The orangutans are two species of great apes with long arms and reddish, sometimes brown, hair native to Indonesia and Malaysia. They are the only extant species in the genus Pongo and the subfamily Ponginae, although that subfamily also includes the extinct Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus genera. The orangutan is an official state animal of Sabah in Malaysia. Their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian phrase orang hutan meaning "person of the forest".

Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees, making a new nest in the trees every night. They are only found in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, even though fossils have been found in Java, Vietnam and China. Adult males are about 4.5 ft (1.4 m) tall and up to 180 lb (82 kg) in weight.

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