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Bornean Orangutans Coming Down From The Trees
2014-02-14 05:10:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, orangutans spend more time on the ground than previously thought. Orangutans have always been seen as tree dwellers, but the latest study from researchers at the University of Leicester says these apes are coming down from their castles more often than scientists knew. The researchers performed a large-scale analysis of orangutan groundings by using...

Orangutans Not The Swingers They Were Made Out To Be
2013-07-29 13:48:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Primatologists writing in the American Journal of Primatology found that great apes spend a large amount of time walking on the ground. Orangutans have been known as the king of swingers, but finding that the apes come down from the trees to forage or to travel could lead to implications for conservation efforts. Researchers traveled to the East Kalimantan region of Borneo to a place known as a hotspot for primates, including the...

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2011-01-26 12:45:00

According to a recently published genome analysis of orangutans, the two populations of the creatures in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra have similarities and differences between the Great Ape family and their human cousins. "As more information about primates becomes known, we find additional genes for which there is positive selection," said Dr. Kim Worley, associate professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and an author of the report that appears in the...

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2010-07-17 06:26:10

An official said Friday that Indonesia will reserve thousands of hectares of forest in Borneo island for about 200 captive orangutans, which will be released in a conservation drive. "A foundation has asked for a permit on about 86,000 hectares of forests in Kutai area in East Kalimantan (Borneo) to be used for orangutan conservation," forestry ministry secretary general Boen Purnama said. Conservationists have been looking for large areas to try and release the apes as vast tracts of...

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2009-05-27 07:50:00

Wildlife activists have constructed a bridge that connects treetops in an orangutan refuge on Borneo Island to encourage the endangered mammals to find new partners and thwart inbreeding. The 142 ft suspension bridge was finished in April at the Lower Kinabatangan Sanctuary located in the state of Sabah, the New Straits Times announced. "But this is a temporary measure. In the long run, we must create forest corridors for orangutans and other animals to move about," noted Nobuo Nakanishi from...

2009-04-13 13:04:27

A U.S. environmental organization said it has discovered a new and significant population of the rarest primates on Earth -- Bornean orangutans. A Nature Conservancy field team said although the exact number of orangutans found in a nearly inaccessible part of Borneo is still undetermined, it is believed a medium density of the primates exists in the 2-million-acre forested area in the Sangkulirant mountains. This is some welcome news on a generally gloomy conservation agenda, the...

2008-09-02 00:00:17

By ALLAN TUDOR 'AN innovation in tourism' has been launched at Paignton Zoo, it is being claimed. Visitors can now get a free personal tour from their very own animal expert. In what they believe to be a first for any Devon tourist attraction, the zoo has launched Zoo Highlights, a series of MP3 files available through the website www.paigntonzoo.org.uk A zoo spokesman said: "The 24 separate segments each last about 30 seconds and provide extra information such as the names of...

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2008-08-18 09:20:00

Images of a clouded leopard spotted in Borneo's Sebangua National Park have researchers scratching their heads, since cats have not been caught there before. Researchers say motion-activated cameras have captured amazing images of the leopards' presence, which they say proves the need to protect the region's habitat. The National Park is one of the world's largest deep peat-swap forests. However, it's at risk from illegal logging and forest fires. The recorded images are helping a team of...

2005-09-06 04:20:00

JAKARTA -- Hundreds of orangutans are killed or captured every year on the Indonesian part of Borneo island as part of an illegal trade that is driving the primates toward extinction, green groups said on Tuesday. A study by global conservation organization WWF and wildlife trade monitor TRAFFIC shows between 200 and 500 Borneo orangutans are traded in various parts of Indonesia each year. The vast majority are infants sold as pets. The report said at least one other orangutan died with each...


Latest Bornean Orangutan Reference Libraries

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2007-01-02 10:57:36

The Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the least common of the two species of orangutans. It lives on the Sumatra island of Indonesia. They are smaller than the Bornean orangutan. Baby Sumatran orangutans are often poached as highly prized Zoo Inhabitants. The poachers often kill the baby's mother for no apparent reason. The Sumatran Orangutan is only found north of Lake Toba.

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2007-01-02 10:54:19

The Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus is a species of orangutan native to the island of Borneo. It is slightly larger than the other species of orangutan, the Sumatran orangutan. The Bornean orangutan is more common than the Sumatran, with about 45,000 individuals existing in the wild. There are only about 7,500 of the Sumatran species left in the wild. Orangutans are becoming increasingly endangered due to habitat destruction. Many orangutans are killed so that their babies can be captured...

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  • A stinking tobacco.
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This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.