Biology Question #175

Charlie Price, a 9 year old male from the Internet asks on May 22, 2000,

What is the name of a baby orangutan? Does the male and female adult orangutan have a name?

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The answer

answered on May 22, 2000

An orangutan is an "infant" until it is 4 years of age, then it is a "juvenile" until 7 years. Orangutans females older than 12 are called "adult females" but males are called "sub-adult males" after the age of 10 until about 15 years.

These males do not have the big cheekpads or throat pouch seen in the "prime adult males" (15 years and older).

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