International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 429–440 | Cite as

Factors Influencing the Well-Being and Longevity of Captive Female Orangutans



I examined factors affecting the health and mortality of female orangutans in captivity and identified specific aspects of husbandry that appear to be critical to long-term survival in captivity. There are certain high-hazard events in the life of a captive female orangutan, including birth and parturition. Other than the short periods of high hazard, and perhaps of more significance to long-term survival, the major factors that appeared to influence long-term health and mortality included primiparous age, interbirth interval, rearing type, and weight.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Orangutan ProjectSouth PerthAustralia

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