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

The first video-based observation of swimming and diving apes has been provided by two researchers from Wits University and the University of Bern.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 St. Louis have created a model of great ape history over the past 15 million years.

2013-05-15 23:23:15

Katie Cleary and Peace 4 Animals is issuing a challenge to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Ralphs along with grocery stores around the country to stop the sale of products containing unsustainable

Great Ape Fossil May Be Last Ancestor Of Chimps And Humans
2013-05-02 10:31:40

New analysis of a great ape fossil discovered in 2002 indicates that it could be the last common ancestor of chimps, gorillas and humans.

Smithsonian Zoo Introduces iPad Tablet Computers To Orangutans
2013-01-23 13:40:39

The Smithsonian National Zoological park in Washington, DC has joined 12 other zoos around the world and has recently begun using Apple iPads to interact with a zoo favorite: orangutans.

Mid-Life Crisis Found To Affect Apes Too
2012-11-20 05:10:31

Apes, like humans, experience a decline in happiness during middle age, which rebounds as they approach old age, according to a new study that suggests the infamous mid-life crisis may have biological, rather than sociological, roots.

Orangutan Migration In Sumatra Vital For Genetic Diversity
2012-10-17 06:27:13

The Sumatran orangutan population is in decline, according to a new genetic study. However, researchers have identified critical corridors for dispersal migrations.

Tori The Smoking Orangutan Is Now A Mother
2012-09-30 07:33:48

The orangutan who gained international fame for smoking is now a mother, having given birth to her first child, officials at the Indonesian zoo she calls home have announced.


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
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.