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Bornean Orangutan

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Scientists have recently discovered a new species of the orangutan in northern Sumatra in Indonesia, but these new orangutan species are already considered endangered.

Currently, there are two recognized orangutan species: the Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran (Pongo abelii) orangutans. The third one, a new species called the Tapanuli (Pongo tapanuliensis) orangutan, are said to have less than 800 individuals remaining in an area near Lake Toba in northern Sumatra.

Dr. Marina Davila-Ross from the University of Portsmouth in England said she was “surprised about the extent to which the Tapanuli orangutans differed genetically, morphologically, as well as behaviorally from the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.”

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