A Rare Look at the Secret Life of Orangutans | Short Film Showcase

  • Published on Jul 2, 2018
  • In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, new research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans.
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    Photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryll Knott, and National Geographic Young Explorer Robert Suro have documented rarely-seen unique orangutan behaviors such as making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. With orangutan habitats disappearing at an alarming rate, the team hopes their research will help to protect this critically endangered species before it’s too late.
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Comments • 490

  • National Geographic
    National Geographic  7 months ago +173

    About 7 million years ago there was nothing like a human on earth - there were simply great apes. What aspect of the lives of orangutans intrigued you the most?

    • Fernando Emilio Aliano
      Fernando Emilio Aliano Day ago

      National Geographic how they communicate among themselves? have they a signal language? or only they learn that from humans ? and what about their vocalizations? are those sounds a kind of language ?? Can they evolve to another fase to be more similar to humans ??

    • Wirawit Lee
      Wirawit Lee 23 days ago

      +Ahmad Fahmi brother. Check again:) logging and palm plantation has been destroying their habitat for years

    • Fun Times
      Fun Times 27 days ago +1

      +Archie Woosung I think it's the most besides bonobos

    • WildYT
      WildYT 2 months ago

      Satans Channel now think about gigantopithicus blacki, the largest apes to ever exist, they are extinct. They were said to look exactly like orangutans but lived on ground because of their size, they were much larger than humans.

    • Ahmad Fahmi
      Ahmad Fahmi 3 months ago

      You're are such a liar.....orang utan hAs been preserved for decades.....the palm was planted away from their habitat..not in Borneo where they live and they have been protected...America is trying to get people banning palm oil because they are pushing their soy bean and corn oil

  • sahar sabz
    sahar sabz 2 days ago


  • Joel yew
    Joel yew 3 days ago

    Two words..... Save them

  • Dont FollowME
    Dont FollowME 4 days ago

    Why isn't Trump in this video?

  • Nikita Incanta
    Nikita Incanta 5 days ago

    Wonderful video

  • Adam Maulana
    Adam Maulana 7 days ago

    so orangutan is just like tarzan....

  • D_R70
    D_R70 8 days ago

    I wonder if the other great apes make fun of them for being ginger

  • kuppamato
    kuppamato 12 days ago

    that tim laman guy looks like steve buscemi

  • Josh Barrios
    Josh Barrios 13 days ago


  • Joey Sanderford
    Joey Sanderford 13 days ago

    I am shocked you people actually believe we came from apes!!

  • Joey Sanderford
    Joey Sanderford 13 days ago

    “2 apes passing”!? You got that right you fool!

  • Faksakes
    Faksakes 19 days ago


  • Whisky
    Whisky 19 days ago

    Indonesia, one of the worst countries on earth

  • Renny Girsang
    Renny Girsang 24 days ago

    06:58 uuuuuoooh uuuohh :)

  • C Lucas
    C Lucas 25 days ago

    People are now down on the ground walking on two legs where all the mosquitos are! I would be happy way up in a tree!

  • Artfulgirl
    Artfulgirl 25 days ago

    And a great THANK YOU FOR THIS DOKU❤️❤️❤️🌺🌺🌺❤️❤️❤️

  • Artfulgirl
    Artfulgirl 25 days ago

    I LOVE ❤️AND ALWAYS ❤️LOVED ❤️ORANGUTANS! ❤️It felt like breaking my heart seeing this Doku and thinking at the same time what people do only for money. It may not, cannot, must not go on with this destruction of our planet!!!!! WE have to change what we buy and consume, WE HAVE TO READ THE LABLES IF THE PRODUCTS WE BUY AND PUT THE ONES BACK INTO THE SHELVES THAT HAVE OILS AND OTHER THING IN IT THAT DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE NATURAL WORLD OF OUR WORLDS ANIMALS AND PLANTS AND TREES. Now!!!!!!!! From this day on. Stop using Paper towels instead using rags from cut up old T-Shirts or so and wash and reuse. We who live now and coming generations of your children's children children old so on need this planet! Stop using poisons for soil and waters, start gardening and plant fruit and vegetables on You properties I stead of using Herbizides and Pestizides for a green Carpet in front and around your house. Use Butterfly and Bee plants high and flat and medium high plants make our world more colorful and healthier. By that you make your life and our planets life a much better one.

  • Peter Do
    Peter Do 26 days ago

    good luck, harambe. good things are coming for you!

  • Bobbi Floss
    Bobbi Floss 28 days ago +2

    Uh wron a tongs ?

  • Arlo2299
    Arlo2299 29 days ago

    why are their bellies so dam fat 10:17

    SHADILZZZ SL Month ago

    Its really like human

  • dock DiPe
    dock DiPe Month ago

    My father saw one using fire in jungle,they are evolving.

  • Lily Woolley
    Lily Woolley Month ago

    If you dislike this I will bbq your first born

  • mynellemail Nell
    mynellemail Nell Month ago +1

    Is that Donald Trump?

  • dwi kurnianto
    dwi kurnianto Month ago

    so why are we going to mars again ?
    haha calm down *i love mars too btw.

  • These are just words

    Literally just donate now. It can be a cup of coffee but it really does make a difference.

  • Baron Kazhmir
    Baron Kazhmir Month ago

    looks like jurassic park movie lol

  • Achozzi
    Achozzi Month ago

    1:15 Dr. House's brother, Dr. Jungle

  • vonbrigð i
    vonbrigð i Month ago

    I wonder what they could achieve if they did not live solitary

  • Jaime HD
    Jaime HD Month ago

    Hay animalitos en comunidades porfavor hagan que no entren a mas

  • Hassan \-.-/
    Hassan \-.-/ Month ago

    For a long long way back from me

  • nama orang
    nama orang Month ago

    Orangutan is much better than orang ngutang..

  • Vindra Kavaya
    Vindra Kavaya Month ago

    palm oil isnt even healthy

  • Karen Evertsen
    Karen Evertsen Month ago

    I would like to see more documentaries on the plight of the Orangutan world wide.

  • Richard Alkire
    Richard Alkire Month ago

    Lol i don't get it. They're fascinated by the fact that orangutans have a culture and pass traditions through the generations. Good grief the only reason they're drawing attention to it, as if it were unheard of is because they still believe in evolution. Lol wow it's 2018 and there's zero evidence of evolution. No fossil records. Zero, zilch. Still relying on an OLD theory. The so called culture you're thrilled at in these orangutan society happens in almost every single animal group. Lions and elephants for example. They do the same thing. They have a culture and they pass it down through generations. Then they're questioning why all the other ape groups haven't evolved. My head hurts. Really think about it. Why didn't they evolve? Because they weren't designed to. We didn't come from apes. There's ZERO scientific evidence to prove it. Zero fossil records. None!! Roosters didn't come from the trex and we didn't come from apes. Start over you hit a dead end a loooong time ago.

  • hotaru - chan
    hotaru - chan Month ago

    why do people pronounce oranghutan like ureng uteng

  • phuse99
    phuse99 Month ago

    Evolution is an obvious false theory, even Darwin himself began to question it, I guarantee there were humans 7 million years ago.

  • sutiawan wan
    sutiawan wan Month ago


  • billywilliamjr
    billywilliamjr Month ago

    now these are cool monkeys....

  • Landon Rush
    Landon Rush Month ago

    Im pretty sure i just had a spirtual awakening during this, and came to the sad realization that our entire civilisation is F"cked. Weve managed to literally destroy our planet in the last 200ish years. Were a plague. Literally

  • Ethan Elliott
    Ethan Elliott Month ago +2

    Evolution is false

  • leo01
    leo01 2 months ago +1


  • Teri Barr
    Teri Barr 2 months ago

    i wanted to cry seeing the fire. This place is so beautiful!
    Humans are intelligent yet so dumb and so evil. Why?
    Everything doesn’t belong to us!!!😡😡

  • Tragoudistros.MPH
    Tragoudistros.MPH 2 months ago

    I really like this documentary, though it's odd that they say 'where we come from' since they would keep evolving too. It would be like orangutans looking at us and thinking "yes, let's understand where we evolved from"

  • Jonathan Mam
    Jonathan Mam 2 months ago

    Was anybody here waiting for these orangutans to maul their faces off

  • Energy Warrior47
    Energy Warrior47 2 months ago


  • Itsa Games
    Itsa Games 2 months ago

    the world needs to stop having children for a few years

  • Northcutt
    Northcutt 2 months ago

    This is so amazing

    OH YEAH YEAH 2 months ago

    Do you know why they are so smart?...

    Because they come from asia ,their asian

  • Stampede Jackson
    Stampede Jackson 2 months ago

    4:05 Orangutan: "UwU UwU Uwu"

  • Skoodle
    Skoodle 2 months ago +2

    I hate when people say," They're our cousins, we share %95 DNA with them!!!" We also share %95 DNA with banana's so I don't see what the big deal is??

  • My name Is cool
    My name Is cool 2 months ago

    😍😍😍😍 to the animals and that one researcher Robert

  • One Tokat Man
    One Tokat Man 2 months ago +2

    I just want to hang out with an Orangutan buddy and smoke a phat hookah.

  • Samantha West
    Samantha West 2 months ago +1

    What the heck is an arungatongue?

  • kiwii
    kiwii 2 months ago

    It is so valuable for us to learn about our roots. This is some very cool insight, thank you for sharing!

  • Amira Amira
    Amira Amira 2 months ago

    Chimps make nests in trees too & gorillas make nests on ground

  • Andri Manullang
    Andri Manullang 2 months ago

    Thank you Indonesian 👏🏻👏🏻

    • Awang Hitam
      Awang Hitam 2 months ago

      Yeah thank you for exterminating them, raped them, and destroyed their habitat for plam oils. Thank you so much Indonesia.

  • renan neubauer
    renan neubauer 2 months ago


  • Golda Mowe
    Golda Mowe 2 months ago

    Thank you for this beautiful documentary.

  • Bala
    Bala 2 months ago


  • Racun tikusss
    Racun tikusss 2 months ago

    the way they make umbrella from the branches are so fascinating 😍😍😍 proud to have them in my country. Please, stop the Illegal logging

  • akshar525
    akshar525 3 months ago


  • F Morant
    F Morant 3 months ago

    We did NOT come from monkeys....God made us humans.

  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown 3 months ago

    People of the Forest

  • Quay Styles
    Quay Styles 3 months ago

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing 💗

  • karenagen hunder
    karenagen hunder 3 months ago

    save the orangutans!they are in danger...we have so much to lose!!!

    casually shoots one down with a bow

  • brando504
    brando504 3 months ago

    Orongoton...ok Grammar Cop...in America we call those there Orangutangs lol

    UNCHAINED SHAMAN 3 months ago

    sun worshippers. every day. every morning these beings wake up and greet the sun. our connection to our truth of what brought us here and our part of every creature and plant is lost to us as our conditioning and self domestication corrupted our truth and we are backwards to where we should be going.

  • Junggulmeong Soundsation

    Palm oil is BAD!!!🤨

  • Sabila Sabila
    Sabila Sabila 3 months ago

    Their scream is magical

  • nvrwhy
    nvrwhy 3 months ago

    05:52 i can see how happy he is :)

  • Hassan Faden
    Hassan Faden 3 months ago

    humans: crosses river
    orangutan: crosses river
    Human: we're so much alike AMAZING

  • Shady Pines Ma
    Shady Pines Ma 3 months ago

    They are so beautiful. We can't let them go extinct. I only buy products that are either no palm oil or ones with the little circle that reads that it is made from sustainable resources. Thanks so much for the awesome video. 😘😍😘😍

  • Average Joe
    Average Joe 3 months ago

    What's that called at the end when he shoots up and ropes into the trees?

  • Laapapapa
    Laapapapa 3 months ago +2


  • early culyer
    early culyer 3 months ago

    If they was here we was also just no fossils have been found.

  • Seekarr
    Seekarr 3 months ago +1

    3:40 - that location is stunning! It's amazing that such beautiful places in the world exist.

  • Barbara 1
    Barbara 1 3 months ago

    Avoid all palm oil, not just unsustainable oil. It has hundreds of different names.
    We are not just loosing orangutan habitat.

  • Christopher Castro
    Christopher Castro 3 months ago

    It's always possible to write to palm oil using companies and urge them to switch to certified sustainable palm oil, at the very least.

  • Mikael Johansson
    Mikael Johansson 3 months ago

    Hi Danielle, enjoy your show. Answering your question on what animal to show next: Arctic fox or Polar bear. Amazing creatures! They're having a rough time right now due to the warming poles. Live right among them.

  • Gennadi Rivera
    Gennadi Rivera 3 months ago +2

    Orangutans are so beautiful!

  • is this love
    is this love 3 months ago +3

    wow, 09:15 look how strong they are. bring down a tree just like that

    • Wilson Alfando
      Wilson Alfando 2 months ago

      They're grip are 8-9 times stronger than averange human

  • IanPB
    IanPB 3 months ago

    *It's a Stand User, minasan!*

  • Vaporpink
    Vaporpink 3 months ago

    7:10 sounds like JoeysWorldTour.

    KHNUM 3 months ago +121

    One time I was at the Zoo, and I saw an Orangutan sleeping with a bed sheet. He opened his eyes and caught me staring at him. He hid his head under it, and played peek a boo like 4-5 times with me.I was a young kid, and its intelligence baffled me, for the first time in my life I felt a human connection with an animal. Not like with a pet, No. This was different. It was like we were the same, but one of us lived inside a cage.

    • ight wack
      ight wack 18 days ago

      +Whisky "dumber"

    • Whisky
      Whisky 19 days ago +1

      Animals are just like us humans.
      They view the world and emotions the same way.
      Only difference is that they cant speak like us and they are dumber.

    • Landon Rush
      Landon Rush Month ago +5

      Yeah its heartbrakng

  • Where'sMyFish
    Where'sMyFish 3 months ago


  • Where'sMyFish
    Where'sMyFish 3 months ago +7

    It's 3:30am and I can't stop watching animal/nature videos. Help.

    • Al-Thurayya
      Al-Thurayya Month ago

      +Anna133199 Haha same but it's 4:07 XD

    • Anna133199
      Anna133199 2 months ago

      Same but it's already 5:07am😅

  • AV3R3ST
    AV3R3ST 3 months ago

    ppl pay more attention to PANADAS. That tells you something...

  • who8myfish
    who8myfish 3 months ago


  • Isaac Barba
    Isaac Barba 3 months ago

    I'm on the awesome part of TheXvid again!

  • Quinnstin
    Quinnstin 3 months ago

    Orangutans look like high babies

  • Padli Mohamed
    Padli Mohamed 3 months ago

    Stop eating biscuit !!! 😠😠

  • venkat araman
    venkat araman 3 months ago

    2 . 00 hang drum . 😊

  • King Duke
    King Duke 3 months ago

    Why don't y'all just leave them alone I bet they'd thrive

  • Fon Hollohan
    Fon Hollohan 3 months ago

    we didn't' evolve from apes evolution is a theory it is not a fact. We are separate species we are humans from the start. Always was always will be. An ape is an ape a chicken is a chicken a dog is a dog. ..we don't evolve from other species of animals, that's bullcrap.

    • Cristopher Castro
      Cristopher Castro 2 months ago

      is a scientific theory, dont be ignorant. An human is still an ape, and a chicken is a dinosaur, and a dog is a subspecies of wolf, populations of organism which replicate with many errors (mutations), which all organism do, accumalete this changes and become distinct with the help of many mechanism. We are animalllllllssssss, we are related to every form of life on this planet.

  • Lempwei Roiie
    Lempwei Roiie 3 months ago

    How was it then that only some apes evolved, but the rest just grew up after millions of years...?

  • Mr Chimpanzeee
    Mr Chimpanzeee 3 months ago

    Are young orangutans always fuzzy

  • CyanideTouch Reignz
    CyanideTouch Reignz 3 months ago

    I wish gigantopithacus was alive today to reduce the amount of people who encroach on their homes to destroy it

  • Scarlett Symetria
    Scarlett Symetria 3 months ago

    That kissing sound is also what humans primarily do in Mamak stalls to call out or alert the waiter to order food. It means "Hey, come here!"

  • Knd Rolex
    Knd Rolex 4 months ago +1

    They are unique: please save them