Photographer's Note

In Malay orang means "person" and utan is derived from hutan, which means "forest." Thus, orangutan literally means "person of the forest."

I wish I could say this photo was taken on an expedition into their natural habitat, but I can't... This photo was taken at the zoo. The Singapore Zoological Gardens has bred a total of 21 orangutans to date, as part of a worldwide exchange program to facilitate breeding of this highly endangered ape.

To learn more about orangutans, and what you can do to help, please go to

- Dan

Post Production: In Photoshop, I adjusted the levels slightly to increase contrast, added a slight gausian blur (50% opacity) to the body to smooth the fur over a bit (minus the face), and added a frame.

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