Orangutans, the mammals that take the longest to have a calf

The intergenesic interval (the time from one birth to a potential next pregnancy.) of orangutans is the largest of all primates and mammals: 6-8 years.

Female orangutans are the mammals that take the longest to get pregnant again. Khamkhor

During all this time the offspring are very dependent on the mother because they need a long learning period in order to survive on their own. For instance, they learn how to climb, what to eat and how to get food, to identify and to avoid possible predators, etc.

The first few years of life of an orangutan offspring are crucial for it to learn to survive on its own. Fabricio Frigeni

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