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2006-02-20 13:20:00

ST. LOUIS - Captive gorillas actually are a cultured bunch. Genetics or environment alone cannot explain variations in the behavior of different groups of the apes, a study found. Behavioral surveys of the roughly 370 gorillas in U.S. zoos showed 48 variations in how individual groups of the apes make signals, use tools and seek comfort, said Tara Stoinski of Zoo Atlanta and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. "What became very obvious is there is a very distinct pattern of...

2006-01-24 00:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Chimpanzees may be more closely related to human beings than they are to other apes, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. And a second, separate study showed that humans are busily pushing another close cousin, the orangutan, into extinction. Both shed light on the complex and often unhappy relationships between humans and our closest relatives, the great apes. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology said...

2005-09-09 07:20:00

KINSHASA, Congo -- Nearly two dozen countries were to commit themselves Friday to saving primate habitats and stopping poaching in a historic push to protect the world's dwindling great ape populations. The Kinshasa Declaration is the culmination of a five-day conference held this week in Congo's capital. Experts warn that without urgent action, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas in Africa and Asia could disappear within a generation. "The declaration affirms political will at...

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...

2005-09-05 20:33:50

KINSHASA, Congo -- Governments and conservationists opened a week of talks Monday in Congo's capital to study ways to save endangered apes around the world from extinction during a conference expected to produce a new global agreement to protect them. Great apes - gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans - are threatened by logging, poaching and conflict worldwide. There are believed to be about 400,000 left Africa and Asia, compared to millions in the 19th century, according to the United...

2005-09-05 12:02:36

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said on Monday. From Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria in Africa to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Asia, scientists fear populations of gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans could disappear within a generation without urgent action. "As we sit today, it is...

2005-09-01 11:15:44

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Rebuilding after December's devastating tsunami and the dawn of peace in Indonesia's Aceh province could mean annihilation for the region's orangutans. The area is the last refuge on Sumatra island of the timid and highly intelligent "people of the forest" which live high in the trees of dense rainforest and are already on the endangered list as their habitat shrinks under human onslaught. "It is a double-edged sword," Ian Singleton, scientific...

2005-08-31 19:35:44

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The first detailed global map of the world's great apes -- from gorillas to orangutans -- shows they are in deep trouble. The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation, published by the United Nations to coincide with world great apes day on Thursday, illustrates the need for concerted international action, the U.N. said. The U.N. described the atlas as "the most comprehensive compendium of information about great apes ever compiled." The...

2005-08-04 08:46:32

By Lenita Sulthani CIKANANGA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Looking irritated, Indonesian animal trainer Alen tries to ignore the loud shrieks of "good morning" coming from white cockatoos in an outdoor cage. "Please don't answer them," said Alen, walking past other exotic birds such as Javanese eagles and birds of paradise at an animal rescue shelter in Indonesia's West Java. "We are training the animals to be wild here." The birds are among 1,300 protected animals in the sanctuary run by a...

Latest Orangutan Reference Libraries

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...

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.

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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