The orang-utan is known as ‘man of the forest’.

Known for their distinctive red fur, orangutans are the largest arboreal mammal, spending most of their time in trees. Theire long, powerful arms and grasping hands and feet allow them to move through the branches, where they feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees. To coincide with World Orang-utan Day, we’d like to invite you to get to know more about this amazing species. We’ve got some fantastic free resources for you to enjoy along the way; including fact sheets, craft activities and a free downloadable Orang-utan poster!

3 ways to show your support…

1. Learn & Explore

Download our Orang-utan Explore Poster & Fact Sheet

Explore is our dedicated species poster series for young people. This edition looks at Orang-utans and includes some fascinating facts about this species, where they live, the threats they face and what you can do to help safeguard their future. You can also download our Orang-utan fact sheet to learn more about these magnificent creatures.

2. Get creative

Make a recycled Orang-utan!

Go wild this World Orang-utan Day and make your very own recycled orang-utan. When finished, you can choose to hang onto any branch or even your door frame!

3. Take action

Become a WWF #GreenAmbassador

Green Ambassadors is our flagship young persons programme that enables children (ages 5 – 16) to learn more about the natural world, explore and share their love for it, and feel inspired to safeguard it. We do this by providing a range of FREE interactive and educational resources to both schools and youth groups.

Have you ordered your Orang-utan badge?

You can also show your support this World Orang-utan Day by ordering your very own Orang-utan Explore badge. You can sew your badge onto a number of items, including blankets, pencil cases and bags.


Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects to monitor orang-utans in Borneo and help create protected areas of rainforest but also fund our other vital work around the world.