Ah Meng (1960–2008), Sumatran Orangutan of Singapore
Ken Allen (1971–2000) was a Bornean orangutan at the San Diego Zoo known for his escape artistry. He unscrewed bolts with his fingers, reached around things and climbed steep walls to find temporary freedom. When keepers discovered and closed one of his escape routes he would find another. At least once he was found out among zoo visitors and was led by the hand to a keeper by a visitor. Ken Allen died in 2000.
Tom (born 1983) is known as the "king" of orangutans in the vicinity of the research base Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting. Most of the visitors that go to the area are looking for him.
In the Rob Schneider movie The Animal, Rob's character gets involved in a slapping fight and eventually wrestles with an orangutan.
In Patrick O'Brian's novel The Thirteen Gun Salute, thirteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series, Stephen Maturin is accompanied during his stay at a Buddhist monastery by an elderly female orangutan named Muong.
The 1986 film Link features a super-smart orangutan as the main villain.
The UK company SSE plc uses, in its advertising campaign, an orangutan called Maya as their mascot.
In Robertson Davies novel World of Wonders, part of which is set in a traveling circus, an orangutan named Rongo is featured. The ape is treated like a person, occupying his own berth on trains and not being caged.
In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, an orangutan named Forever is featured as an antagonist. He is very intelligent, displaying human mannerisms such as smoking and lusts after human females (a la the movie Link), and wields a Stand (a psychic manifestation of one's fighting spirit) named Strength, named after the tarot card. This Stand is partially why he has human mannerisms and also is able to bind itself to ships, granting Forever complete control over it.
Orangutans in video games
In Donkey Kong 64, Lanky Kong is a Sumatran orangutan who uses his very long arms to good effect to reach otherwise out-of-bounds areas (in fact, there is a glitch in the game such that by very careful positioning of Lanky using the move he can open and enter doors that are supposed to be locked behind a keeper by touching them). A potion also enables him to do OrangStand, walking on his hands to climb steep slopes. He also appears in other related games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
In Metal Slug 3, an unnamed AI-controlled orangutan wearing diapers may appear to aid the player on killing zombies with a weapon similar to an UZI.