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UZH Anthropologists Describe Third Orangutan Species

Tapanuli orangutan (Image: Maxime Aliaga)

Previously, only two species of orangutans were recognized – the Bornean and the Sumatran orangutan. Now, UZH researchers working with an international team have described a new great ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan. It is the great ape species at greatest risk of extinction, with only around 800 remaining individuals occuring in upland forest regions of North Sumatra.

UZH news release