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

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.

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

According to new research using human parkour athletes as stand-ins, swaying through trees is the way to go if you're an orangutan.

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

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.

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.

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

Alu elements infiltrated the ancestral primate genome about 65 million years ago.

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.

2012-04-12 21:12:33

The transmission of knowledge to the next generation is a key feature of human evolution.

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.

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.

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

Scientists report that they have rediscovered a species of primate in Borneo that was believed to be extinct or on the verge of extinction.


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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