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Smoking Orangutan Moved To New Enclosure
2012-07-27 09:31:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Tori, the smoking orangutan, has finally been moved into her new cage on the other side of the zoo to remove her not only from her ciggy source but also from the pressure of her peers to light up. The Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Indonesia, is moving Tori to a small island in the middle of a small lake inside the zoo after animal activists began to call for action to snuff out Tori´s smoking. Now, Tori will not only be...

Parkour Tests Prove That For Orangutans - It Pays To Sway
2012-07-06 06:18:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to a research presented at the Society for Experimental Biology's meeting in Salzburg, Austria on July 2, 2012, swaying through trees is the way to go if you're an orangutan. Using human parkour athletes as stand-ins for orangutans, researchers measured the energy required to navigate a forest using different strategies. What they found is that it pays to stay up in the trees. The findings explain why orangutans spend...

i-Rangutan: Orangutans Speaking Up And Speaking Out With iPads
2012-05-10 11:02:20

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Ever been frustrated with people of a certain age who can´t seem to wrap their heads around modern technology? Now there´s more proof that using consumer electronics is easy -- so easy a monkey, or orangutan, could literally do it. At the Miami Zoo, zookeepers looking for a different way it interact with their orangutans found that there really is an app for that. The great apes use an iPad app originally designed for autistic children to identify...

LSU Research Finds Orangutans Host Ancient Jumping Genes
2012-05-07 14:34:59

LSU´s Mark Batzer, along with research associate Jerilyn Walker and assistant professor Miriam Konkel, have published research determining that modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes called Alu, which are more than 16 million years old. The study was done in collaboration with the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle and is featured in the new open access journal Mobile DNA. These tiny pieces of mobile DNA are able to copy...

Orangutans Harbor Ancient Primate Alu
2012-04-30 07:51:46

Alu elements infiltrated the ancestral primate genome about 65 million years ago. Once gained an Alu element is rarely lost so comparison of Alu between species can be used to map primate evolution and diversity. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Mobile DNA has found a single Alu, which appears to be an ancestral great ape Alu, that has uniquely multiplied within the orangutan genome. Analysis of DNA sequences has found over a million Alu elements within each...

2012-04-17 12:43:08

Orangutans may be smarter than previously thought if a new study into the sophisticated way they build nests is any indication. Scientists at The University of Manchester spent a year observing and filming (video footage available) orangutans at a research facility in Indonesia and found they apparently possess complex knowledge of mechanical design and material properties. The great apes — which only live wild in Sumatra and Borneo and are one of man's closest relatives —...

2012-04-12 21:12:33

In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle The transmission of knowledge to the next generation is a key feature of human evolution. In particular, humans tend to copy behavior that is demonstrated by many other individuals. Chimpanzees and orangutans, two of our closest living relatives, also socially pass on traditional behavior and culture from one generation to another. Whether and how this process resembles the human one is still...

2012-04-12 21:06:49

A study published online on April 12 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology offers some news for parents: even toddlers have a tendency to follow the crowd. That sensitivity isn't unique to humans either; chimpanzees also appear more likely to pick up habits if "everyone else is doing it." That conclusion comes from evidence that 2-year-olds and chimpanzees are more likely to copy actions when they see them repeated by three of their peers than if they see the same action done by one...

Authorities Prosecute Illegal Orangutan Trader
2012-02-24 08:46:47

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) announced today Sumatra's first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970's, the...

'Extinct' Monkey Found In Borneo
2012-01-20 12:52:13

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists report that they have rediscovered a species of primate in Borneo that was believed to be extinct or on the verge of extinction. The team has confirmed that Miller's Grizzled Langur, or Presbytis hosei canicrus, still exists and lives in an area where it was previously not known to inhabit. "Concern that the species may have gone extinct was first raised in 2004, and a search for the monkey during another expedition in 2008 supported the assertion that...


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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