Orangutans are the Albert Einsteins of the primate world, even if their coppery hair makes them look like the redheaded stepchildren. They create and use tools to forage for food, break and arrange tree branches to serve as beds, and can hold a scene opposite Clint Eastwood. (See Clyde in 1978s Every Which Way But Loose and 1980s Any Which Way You Can, in which the orangutan played dead whenever Clint shot him with his finger gun.) Oh yeah, and orangutans are less likely than other apes to tear your face off.
Theyre also the only primates intelligent enough to be uncaged even when living in captivity. That part is evident at Monkey Jungle, where humans are caged and the monkeys run wild. Since the 30s, primates have been running free in the southern stretches of the county in what is now the only seminatural tropical rainforest in North America. Monkey Jungle is home to more than 300 little guys, and the orangutans are the biggest and smartest of the lot. How smart? Check out their tricks at the Hangin With Orangs show Monday.
Starts: June 13. Daily, 10:45 a.m., 1 & 3:15 p.m., 2011