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2009-10-22 13:27:50

Wildlife conservationists say a boom in palm oil -- used extensively for biofuel and processed food like margarine -- has affected the jungles in Borneo, endangering the already declining orangutan populations, AFP reported. Experts believe that among the 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, some 80 percent of them are in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia's Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak. However, the charismatic red-haired apes will be virtually eliminated in the wild within...

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2009-08-05 12:50:00

A new study shows that wild orangutans in Borneo hold leaves to their mouths to make their voices sound deeper than they actually are. According to the scientists that observed the apes, the animals employ the leaf trick when predators threaten them. Holding leaves to their mouths enables the orangutans to lower the frequency of the sound they make. This strategy makes the apes appear to be a bigger target than they are to the predator. The apes make the sounds in response to approaching...

2009-08-03 17:59:47

Humans evolved from orangutans, not chimpanzees, a University of Pittsburgh anthropologist says, creating a furor in the chimp camp. Fossil evidence shows striking anatomical similarities between humans and orangs, including enamel molars, similar hairlines and shoulder blades, and even the ability to smile with lips closed, Jeffrey H. Schwartz and John Grehan, director of science at the Buffalo Museum, say in the Journal of Biogeography. Even our skulls and eyebrow bone structure more...

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2009-07-29 05:40:00

Scientists studied how Sumatran orangutans are able to swing from branches that appear too weak to handle their weight. They believe their findings will help their fight for survival.  A research team from Birmingham, U.K. says the animals use their hands and feet to move through the canopy in a unique way compared to other primates. The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The population of Sumatran orangutans is on the decline, and now at risk...

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2009-07-02 13:30:23

Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, has been living life outside the limelight, munching on bananas in a Florida ape sanctuary, a center official said. Twenty years ago Bubbles gained fame as the pop singer's simian sidekick, touring with Jackson, posing for media, even moonwalking for the media, CNN reported. But at age 26, Bubbles retired to the Center for Great Apes outside Wauchula, Fla., lazing around with 41 other chimpanzees and orangutans in the tropical forest setting covering...

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2009-06-18 07:50:39

Researchers propose new grouping for humans, orangutans and common ancestors and lay out a scenario of the migration and evolution of 'dental hominoids' in the Journal of Biogeography New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as...

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2009-06-04 15:10:00

When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist. The scientists tickled 22 young orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, as well as three human infants, then acoustically analyzed the laughing sounds they produced.  The results led researchers to conclude that people and great apes inherited laughter from a common ancestor that lived more than 10 million years ago. Although the vocalizations varied, the...

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2009-05-31 11:25:00

A Malaysian orangutan sanctuary has come under fire from environmentalists. The location under the microscope is Orangutan Island in Malaysia's north, billed as the world's only treatment and preservation facility for the endangered mammals. Care that has been abundantly given to the animals, provided by a staff of seven nurses, is lost on environmentalists who insist that this is hurting instead of helping the orangutans. The owners of the 35-acre island say the goal of the facility is...

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2009-05-27 07:50:00

Wildlife activists have constructed a bridge that connects treetops in an orangutan refuge on Borneo Island to encourage the endangered mammals to find new partners and thwart inbreeding. The 142 ft suspension bridge was finished in April at the Lower Kinabatangan Sanctuary located in the state of Sabah, the New Straits Times announced. "But this is a temporary measure. In the long run, we must create forest corridors for orangutans and other animals to move about," noted Nobuo Nakanishi from...

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2009-05-18 13:20:00

A national park in Borneo Island, which is home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, has been partially turned into a development zone complete with an airport and brothels, The AFP reported.The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said in a statement that almost 600 of the longhaired apes have disappeared from Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan province, over the past seven years of unchecked construction.Hardi Baktiantoro from the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) told AFP that...


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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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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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