Orangutans delight Zoo guests with their colorful personalities. Their exhibit provides an environment where the arboreal orangutans and their exhibit mates, a pair of siamangs, can climb and swing on play structures, ropes, and sway poles. Two simulated termite mounds offer tasty condiments for the orangutans to retrieve: mustard, honey, and barbecue sauce.

You can go nose to nose with the curious and playful apes when they choose to sit on a deep layer of mulch right at the viewing window. You can also watch the orangutans daily on Ape Cam!

Did you know? Orangutans are the largest fruit-eating animals on Earth. At the San Diego Zoo, the orangutans are offered bananas, apples, oranges, and grapes, as well as cabbage, romaine lettuce, kale, carrots, yams, and broccoli. Treats might include papaya, corn, turnip, onion, popcorn, raisins, peanut butter, and walnuts. The orangutan's motto is: food should never be boring!

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