In May 2018, conservationists Andayani Oerta G. and Ulil Amri Silitonga discovered a female orangutan with twins.

Female orangutans usually only have one child at any one time, and they must wait 6 to 9 years before they can have another. For an orangutan to have twins is an exceptionally rare find. More so, the Tapanuli Orangutans are the most endangered great ape species on the planet, which provides some much needed hope for a species facing extinction.

The mother and her twins were found at around 15 metres up a tree, close to a waterfall, several kilometres from their SOCP research camp inside the Batang Toru Forest.

For more information on the Tapanuli Orangutan twins, please click here to read the article by the Jakarta Post.


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