Orangutan Caring Week 2022 – Phoenix Zoo

Home - Arts & Entertainment - Orangutan Caring Week 2022 – Phoenix Zoo

Orangutan Caring Week 2022 – Phoenix Zoo

What do Bornean orangutans eat in the wild? How does that differ from their diet here at the Phoenix Zoo?
Keep reading to find out!


In the wild, orangutans are primarily frugivores, meaning they eat mostly fruits. During the times that fruits are abundant, it can make up as much as 90% of their diet. They have been known to eat hundreds of different types of fruit and plant species with some of their favorites being durian, figs, lychees, jackfruit and breadfruit.

To balance out their diets, orangutans also eat leaves, bark, flowers, insects, nuts and seeds to balance out their diets. Orangutans are vital to the rainforest because they are seed dispersers. The seeds from the fruits they eat help to regenerate the forests once they pass through an orangutan’s digestive system.


Here at the Zoo, our Bornean orangutans’ diet consists of fruits, vegetables, different kinds of primate biscuits, romaine/other leafy greens and browse. They get a daily rotation of fruits and vegetables with some of their favorite foods being tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, yam, corn, oranges, bananas, pears and berries. The different primate biscuits they get are formulated to be nutritionally balanced to make sure they get all the nutrients their bodies need every day. They also receive daily browse, which can consist of leafy branches, bark and flowering plants, as well as a variety of nuts and seeds throughout the month.

Phoenix Zoo

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top