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Need For Vegetable Oil Means Trouble For Africa's Great Apes
2014-07-11 03:00:36

Cell Press The vegetable oil found in your popcorn or soap might not be ape friendly, and the situation appears likely to get even worse, according to an analysis in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 10. The growing demand for vegetable oil has already led to the conversion of Southeast Asian forest into oil palm plantations, bringing trouble for orangutans in particular. If guidelines are not put in place very soon, researchers say the spread of those large-scale...

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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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2008-07-07 08:10:00

Orangutans could soon become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action is not taken, according to a new study. Their numbers have declined sharply in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004. Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said the change is due to illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations. Wich said the survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra Island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004.  It also found populations...


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  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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