Energy and Role in Food Chain

In the food chain the orangutan is a secondary consumer.

Orangutans eat mainly fruit, leaves, and if food is scarce they may eat insects or bark. The main predators of orangutans are tigers and snow leopards. Orangutans may have competitors for the fruit that they eat such as other apes or monkeys, but they have the ability to manipulate fruit and to crack shells. This means they are able to eat fruit that is premature and not yet ripe, which other apes may not be able to eat. 

Orangutans have a very important role in the food chain. Many plant seeds are not able to sprout until after it has passed through an animals digestive system. Therefore when an orangutan eats it is helping dispersion of seeds and forest regeneration.





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