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Need For Vegetable Oil Means Trouble For Africa's Great Apes
2014-07-11 03:00:36

Cell Press The vegetable oil found in your popcorn or soap might not be ape friendly, and the situation appears likely to get even worse, according to an analysis in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 10. The growing demand for vegetable oil has already led to the conversion of Southeast Asian forest into oil palm plantations, bringing trouble for orangutans in particular. If guidelines are not put in place very soon, researchers say the spread of those large-scale...

2014-06-13 23:03:32

LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Veterinarians and Dr. Mark Leondires Accomplish a Milestone Victory for Wildlife Conservation Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) June 13, 2014 After decades of trial and error by major universities and zoological institutions, a small nonprofit conservation center, LEO Zoological Conservation Center, has successfully developed a program using assisted reproduction to aid in the plight to save wild orangutans. On May 20, 2014, Maggie, a 22-year-old orangutan at...

2014-06-03 23:17:00

Artists of All Ages Asked to Answer the Call of the Wild – Through Art, Fashion and Photography - Opportunity to Win Cash Prizes and Inclusion in Special Exhibit in Miami, Florida Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 The annual international ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest is now accepting entries for the 2014 contest leading up to the ENDANGERED exhibition to be held in Miami, December 4-6th, 2014, the same week as Art Basel Miami Beach. The contest challenges artists to...

2014-04-18 23:04:27

Woods’ President and CEO, Diana L. Ramsay, MPP, OTR, FAOTA, was recently awarded the Emerging Conservation Leader Award by the Philadelphia Zoo. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 Woods’ President and CEO, Diana L. Ramsay, MPP, OTR, FAOTA, was recently awarded the Emerging Conservation Leader Award by the Philadelphia Zoo. This award recognizes individuals on a path toward leadership in conservation. In addition to her duties at Woods, Ramsay serves as a member of the Zoo’s...

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...

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...


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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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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