An Orangutan Dangling From A Rope
What Eats An Orangutan? Photo:T. Bachner

What eats orangutans?

What does an orangutan eat?

Orangutans are found on only two islands in the world: Borneo and Sumatra. Sumatra belongs to the country of Indonesia, and Borneo is shared by Indonesia and Malaysia.

On Sumatra, the orangutan’s main predators, or natural enemies, are tigers and leopards. Tigers are very rare, however, because people have killed most of them off.

On Borneo, there are no tigers, and leopards are the main animal that eats orangutans.

On either island, young orangutans are much more likely to be eaten by a predator than are adult orangutans.

As for the question of what an orangutan eats—orangutans mostly eat fruit, as well as other types of vegetation.

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.