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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...

Chimps Vocalize With Purpose
2013-10-17 11:40:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After analyzing the calls of chimpanzees in the wild, scientists with the University of York now believe these animals vocalize with a purpose rather than chant and howl at random. It was previously understood that the primates would simply shout when they were alarmed or felt they were in danger. However, Dr. Katie Slocombe and Dr. Anne Schel of the Department of Psychology at York recorded calls of several wild animals in Uganda and...

2013-09-12 16:21:41

20 Snack Food Companies at Center of New Campaign Report and Colorful Protest at Chicago's Board of Trade Exposes Snack Food Companies' Role in Orangutan Extinction, Climate Change and Human Rights Abuses. CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Rainforest Action Network announced a new campaign to remove "Conflict Palm Oil" from America's snack foods by convincing major food companies to implement responsible palm oil policies. A protest at Chicago's Board of...

Male Orangutans Plan Trips A Day In Advance, Share Info With Mates
2013-09-12 09:31:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Zurich reveals male orangutans as quite the travel planners. Not only do these primates set out their routes a day in advance, they also share these plans with their travel mates. More than any other similarity shared between humans and primates, Carel van Schaik, primatologist and lead author of the study, says this proves the orangutans are capable of thinking past the present and into the...

Apes Can Match Images Based On Biological Categories
2013-09-11 05:04:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Gorillas and orangutans can categorize images based on various biological categories in much the same way that young human children learn how to tell living beings from inanimate objects or dogs from cats, according to new research appearing in the open-access journal PeerJ. Scientists have determined that there are at least two ways in which animals can be visually identified as being similar in nature to any other animal: they...

2013-08-27 23:02:52

The Onnit Primal Bells are hand-sculpted pieces of functional art that makes a statement in the gym, garage, or office. Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 If you wanted to add an element of style to your cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, Onnit has you covered with the newest addition to their Primal Bell line. Following the successful sold-out launches of their Chimp and Gorilla Primal Bells, the one and a half pood (54lb) Orangutan design has made its debut to much...

Apes Can Learn To Dive And Swim
2013-08-15 05:56:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first video-based observation of swimming and diving apes has been provided by two researchers from Wits University and the University of Bern. Instead of the expected dog-paddle stroke used by most land mammals, the apes used a kind of breaststroke. The study, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, suggests the swimming strokes peculiar to humans and apes might be the result of an earlier adaptation to an...

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...

Chimpanzees And Orangutans Show Working Sense Memory
2013-07-19 05:07:32

[ Watch the Video: Chimpanzees Have Long Term Memory ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each of us has experienced a situation where one of our senses has triggered a far off memory, transporting us instantly to the time when that memory was created. Whether it's a song that reminds you when you rolled 1,000 miles in your first vehicle or an aroma that takes you back to a beach holiday, our memory is what sets us apart from most other living creatures on earth by...

Researchers Create 15-Million-Year Model Of Great Ape History
2013-07-04 06:38:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and Washington University in Seattle have created a model of great ape history over the past 15 million years. This is the most comprehensive catalog of great ape genetic diversity. The catalog elucidates the evolution and population histories of great apes from...


Latest Orangutan Reference Libraries

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2007-01-19 14:51:36

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island's national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers. They indicate that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct. This has led to suggestions that the Sumatran Tiger should have greater priority for conservation than any other...

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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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