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Orangutan means ‘person of the forest’; along with chimpanzees and gorillas, orangutans are apes. You can tell an ape from a monkey as apes have no tails. There is a legend that orangutans can speak, but they choose not to for fear of being made to work. King Louie, one of the stars of The Jungle Book cartoon, wasn’t in the original book, but popped up in the film to sing ‘I Wan’na Be Like You’ to Mowgli. Bornean orangutans are endangered, and Sumatran critically endangered, largely due to deforestation.