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Pongo the Bornean Orangutan

This is Pongo, a male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)! This species of orangutan is an endangered species, with a wild population of only 45,000 to 69,000 in the world. There are actually three subspecies across Malaysia and Indonesia, and their numbers have declined drastically due to deforestation and loss of habitat.

Pongo is my first (and possibly last) foray into using Suri alpaca for all of his long hair. I seem to much prefer working with wool!

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