Credit to @natgeo : Video by @TimLaman. Baby orangutans are completely dependent on their mothers for food, safety, and learning how to survive in the rain forest. Orangutan mothers produce a new baby only once every 7 to 8 years, making them the slowest reproducing of all mammals. So every baby is incredibly precious.
If you happen to be in the Washington DC area, come here my lecture with orangutan researcher and NatGeo Explorer Cheryl Knott (who happens to also be my wife) on Dec 6 at the @NatGeo Headquarters. Cheryl has been studying wild orangutans in Borneo’s #GunungPalungNationalPark for 25 years, and I have been documenting her work and the orangutans, so we have more than a few interesting experiences to share! See more of my orangutan photography by following me @TimLaman, and follow the link in my profile for details on the lecture.
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