Pongo is a handsome adult male orangutan whose cheek pads (also called flanges) have grown quickly as he has matured. He started his life as an infant at a tourist attraction and was the first ape to be cared for at the sanctuary.
When he was nearly eight years old, Pongo was moved to his permanent sanctuary home in Wauchula where he has met and lived with three other orangutans, Christopher, Mari, and Pebbles. Currently Pongo lives full time with Mari. They spend their days traveling through the forest woods in the elevated aerial chute system or hanging around in their four-story tall habitat with large cypress-tree climbing structures. Mari will often groom Pongo with her feet since she has no arms.