, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 414–416 | Cite as

Meat-eating behaviour in wild orang utans,Pongo pygmaeus

  • Jito Sugardjito
  • Nur Nurhuda
Short Communications


Meat-eating was observed for the first time among a population of wild orang utans at Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra. An adult female who was consorting with an adult male consumed a gibbon (Hylobates lar) carcass. There was no food sharing between the consort pair. The absence of food sharing is interpreted as indicative of the anti-social attitude of adult orang utans.


Adult Male Adult Female Animal Ecology Food Sharing Wild Orang 
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© Japan Monkey Centre 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jito Sugardjito
    • 1
  • Nur Nurhuda
    • 2
  1. 1.National Biological Institute, The Indonesian Institute of SciencesBogorIndonesia
  2. 2.Faculty of BiologyUniversitas Nasional, Jalan Kebun Binatang RagunanJakarta SelatanIndonesia

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