The orangutans are a species of great apes. Known for their intelligence, they live in trees and they are the largest living arboreal animal. They have longer arms than other great apes, and their hair is typically reddish-brown. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, they are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
The name orangutan is derived from the Malay and Indonesian words orang meaning “person” and hutan meaning “forest” thus “person of the forest”.
Last fall, a baby female orangutan was born at Barcelona Zoo. The staff who has been taking care of her since the birth suggested 4 possible names: Hari, Malam, Siang and Sari. All of them are Indonesian words, as a small homage to the origin of this ape species. During this last month, Barcelona citizens and visitors have been invited to choose the name of the baby orangutan. And the choosen name is Sari, which means “flower”.