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2007-05-31 17:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Maybe walking upright on two legs isn't such a defining human feature after all. Scientists who spent a year photographing orangutans in the rain forest say the trait probably evolved in ancient apes navigating the treetops long before ancestors of humans climbed to the ground - a hypothesis that contradicts science museums the world over. But it's more in tune with fossil evidence, contends Robin Crompton of the University of Liverpool, who co-authored the report in Friday's...

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2007-05-23 18:00:00

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hulking orangutan escaped from his cage and terrified restaurant patrons Wednesday, at the same Taiwan zoo where a crocodile recently chomped off a veterinarian's arm. The latest incident at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung began when the orangutan pushed his way out of his cage and wandered into a nearby restaurant courtyard. It was captured on camera by Taiwanese cable news station TVBS. As zoo officials scurried to bring the animal under control, he...

2006-12-29 08:15:25

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- A private sanctuary on the edge of this Lowcountry town is home to 26 gibbons rescued from poor zoo situations, medical experimental facilities or private pet collections. The sanctuary, off limits to the public, can never release its rescued primates into the wild because they have spent their lives in captivity. However, the International Primate Protection League, based here, does support international charities that preserve primates in their natural environments. The...

2006-06-26 05:55:00

ENTEBBE, Uganda -- Better living standards for poor local communities helps to avoid human-animal conflicts and is the best way to protect Africa's endangered Great Apes, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said on Monday. Opening the Congress of the International Primatological Society -- the first to be held in a country hosting Great Apes -- Museveni said conservation efforts would never work if local communities were not developed at the same time. "The biggest threat to the ecosystems...

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2006-06-01 06:30:00

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The three orangutans and eight bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust will interact with more humans starting in June when the research facility is opened to the public. Tours of the 230-acre forest, lakes and great ape housing areas will be available to small groups from June 6 through Sept. 7. "We want to begin to educate people about why it's important for us to understand apes, why it's important for us to realize the degree of similarity between ourselves and apes and...

2006-05-18 21:47:37

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apes that remember to carry the right tools to retrieve treats and scrub jays that hide food a second time when they think a rival is watching prove animals can think ahead -- a trait once believed to be uniquely human, scientists have found. Two carefully planned sets of experiments to be published on Friday in the journal Science show intelligent birds and great apes can plan into the future in a way that...

2006-05-18 21:45:00

(Please read in dateline ... May 18 ... instead of ... May 19 ...) A corrected story follows. By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apes that remember to carry the right tools to retrieve treats and scrub jays that hide food a second time when they think a rival is watching prove animals can think ahead -- a trait once believed to be uniquely human, scientists have found. Two carefully planned sets of experiments to be published on Friday in the journal...

2006-04-21 06:45:36

By Noppawan Bunluesilp BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will soon send home 53 endangered orangutans probably smuggled from Indonesia and seized two years ago at a private Bangkok zoo. Thai and Indonesian wildlife officials began a 2-day meeting in Bangkok on Friday to discuss the fate of the apes believed by activists to have been smuggled from Borneo or the Sumatran forests of Indonesia. "I am still looking for funding and other things, but it will be soon. It should not be more than...

2006-03-30 08:13:15

By Diyan Jari and Reuben Carder JAKARTA (Reuters) - About three years ago, wildlife researchers photographed a mysterious fox-like mammal on the Indonesian part of Borneo island. They believed it was the first discovery of a new carnivore species there in over a century. Since then, more new species of plants and animals have been found and conservationists believe Borneo, the world's third-largest island, is a treasure trove of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered....

2006-03-29 00:55:00

By Diyan Jari and Reuben Carder JAKARTA -- About three years ago, wildlife researchers photographed a mysterious fox-like mammal on the Indonesian part of Borneo island. They believed it was the first discovery of a new carnivore species there in over a century. Since then, more new species of plants and animals have been found and conservationists believe Borneo, the world's third-largest island, is a treasure trove of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered. The new finds were...


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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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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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