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2009-05-11 15:00:23

An orangutan that escaped from its enclosure at an Australian zoo used a tree branch to evade the electric fence around its enclosure, witnesses said. Adelaide Zoo visitors said the 27-year-old orangutan returned to its enclosure after failing to make it past a second fence, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. It was amazing how he did it, because he actually got a branch, pulled it over the electric fence and then got over, witness Ryan Johnston, 11, said of the animal's...

2009-04-13 13:04:27

A U.S. environmental organization said it has discovered a new and significant population of the rarest primates on Earth -- Bornean orangutans. A Nature Conservancy field team said although the exact number of orangutans found in a nearly inaccessible part of Borneo is still undetermined, it is believed a medium density of the primates exists in the 2-million-acre forested area in the Sangkulirant mountains. This is some welcome news on a generally gloomy conservation agenda, the...

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2009-04-12 16:05:00

Conservationists have identified a new population of up to 2,000 orangutans in a remote corner of Indonesia. "We can't say for sure how many," said Erik Meijaard, a senior ecologist at The Nature Conservancy who led the weeklong survey in December. However, a cautious estimate would be "several hundred at least, maybe 1,000 or 2,000 even," he told the Associated Press. The find gives a rare boost to one of the planet's most endangered great apes.   According to estimates, there are...

2009-03-22 15:38:49

Tonda, a Sumatran orangutan at ZooWorld, has died at the Panama City Beach, Fla., tourist venue at the age of 50, a zoo official says. Zoo World education director Stephanie Willard said the popular orangutan, whose name is short for Tondaleyo, died in her sleep at an old age for the species, the Panama City (Fla.) News Herald reported Saturday. She was an older lady, and we have been keeping a close eye on her, Willard said prior to Tonda's death Friday. Tonda had represented the oldest...

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2009-03-10 10:30:00

A Swedish study showed on Monday what it believes to be the first evidence that an animal other than humans can make spontaneous plans for future events, the Associated Press reported. Researchers have been observing a 31-year-old alpha male chimpanzee named Santino collect small stashes of rocks to throw at patrons of the Furuvik Zoo, about 93 miles north of Stockholm. The chimp's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the zoo and researchers soon became interested in his...

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2009-02-01 14:35:41

Chimpanzees are famous for their aptitude in mimicking human behavior. Now scientists have announced that baby chimps' mental development may be more advanced than human infants. At only nine months old, the animals are as inquisitive and accomplished at recognizing parent figures as the average baby. The scientists who headed the project believe that their findings create important evidence that chimpanzees, like humans, flourish with social interaction. The more one on one their contact...

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2009-01-29 17:15:00

The rapid pace of deforestation has triggered a series of so-called human-animal conflicts in Indonesia. The latest attack occurred on Tuesday, when two women were trampled to death by a pair of elephants on the northern tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. Another six villagers narrowly escaped with their lives during the attack, which happened after the elephants entered an illegally cleared field from nearby jungle. Just days earlier, two Sumatran tigers killed a rubber-tapper in...

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2008-12-25 08:30:00

Scientists have discovered that orangutans can help each other get food by trading tokens, but only if the help is mutual.It seems orangutans can learn the value of tokens and trade them, helping each other win bananas, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews.This is the first documented evidence of "calculated reciprocity" in non-human primates. Gorillas and chimpanzees were much less willing to co-operate, researchers said.In particular, two orangutans - Bim and Dok - who...

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2008-12-11 12:50:00

Throughout history, human beings have used the whistle for everything from hailing a cab to carrying a tune. Now, an orangutan's spontaneous whistling is providing scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa new insights into the evolution of speech and learning. In a paper published this month in Primates, an international journal of primatology that provides a forum on all aspects of primates in relation to humans and other animals, Great Ape Trust scientist Dr. Serge Wich and his colleagues...

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2008-11-05 11:00:00

The head of Europe's environmental organization wants to put a stop to the laboratory testing on humanity's closest relatives: chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans. This will be accomplished by a crack down on animal testing by the drug industry and other various laboratories. However, various animal welfare groups and researchers blamed the European Union of hiding ineffective rules and regulations with empty gestures, as testing on great apes hasn't been done in EU research in six...


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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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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