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9 Great Apes Get
Mar 5, 2021 12:07 AM CST
9 Great Apes Get COVID Vaccine
They're the first non-humans to get vaccinated
- The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected, the AP reports. Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February, making them the first non-humans to get vaccinated against the...
No, This Is Not Legit
Mar 24, 2019 10:07 AM CDT
No, This Is Not Legit Carry-On Luggage
Russian busted trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali in his luggage
- In theory, Russian tourist Andrei Zhestkov's plan to smuggle an orangutan out of Bali was ... not great. In execution, it ended exactly as you might expect: With airport scanners somehow failing to miss the 2-year-old sleeping primate in his luggage, and Zhestkov facing smuggling charges that could net him...
Returns to Jungle
Dec 21, 2018 2:31 AM CST
'Very Confident' Albino Orangutan Returns to Jungle
Alba was rescued from a village last year
- The world's only known albino orangutan climbed trees, foraged for food, and began building a nest after being released into a remote Borneo jungle more than a year after conservation officials found her starving and dehydrated in an Indonesian village. The Borneo Orangutan Survival foundation says the great ape,...
Oldest Sumatran Orangutan
Dies, Leaves 'Incredible Legacy'
Jun 19, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies, Leaves 'Incredible Legacy'
Puan, longtime resident of Australia's Perth Zoo, had 54 descendants around the world
- Australia knew her as the "Grand Old Lady" of Perth Zoo, and the world, via Guinness World Records , knew her as the oldest known Sumatran orangutan on Earth. Sadly, Puan had been suffering of late from age-related issues, and so she was euthanized on Monday at the age of...
Great Ape, Extinct Lion
Among Top New Species
May 23, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
Great Ape, Extinct Lion Among Top New Species
Several endangered species among top finds over past year
- It's understandable that a fish in the deepest spot on Earth would escape human notice for millennia. How a great ape managed the same feat is less clear, though both are now included in a list of the top 10 of 18,000 new species discovered over the past...
Borneo Lost Nearly 150K
Orangutans in Just 16 Years
Feb 15, 2018 4:45 PM CST
Borneo Lost Nearly 150K Orangutans in Just 16 Years
That's more orangutans than there are left on the island
- The future looks bleak for the world's orangutans following the release this week of a study that found Borneo lost approximately 148,500 orangutans—more than half its orangutan population—between 1999 and 2015. “I expected to see a fairly steep decline, but I did not anticipate it...
This Is the
of Any Primate
May 18, 2017 9:59 AM CDT
This Is the Longest-Nursing of Any Primate
Orangutans set a record, researchers find
- Orangutans nurse their young for up to eight years or longer, a new study finds—a record for primates. As
notes, it's difficult to study orangutans in the wild since they're so often out of sight in trees, but it's important for conservationists to know...
Internet Picks Name
for Albino Orangutan
May 16, 2017 2:40 AM CDT
Internet Picks Name for Albino Orangutan
It's not 'Orangutan McOrangutanface'
- A rare albino orangutan rescued from captivity in a Borneo village has been given a new name with the help of online suggestions—and remarkably, it isn't "Orangutan McOrangutanface." The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, which received thousands of suggestions, says the 5-year-old female will be called "...
What to Get a Pregnant
Orangutan? Zoo Starts Registry
Dec 12, 2016 6:20 PM CST
What to Get a Pregnant Orangutan? Zoo Starts Registry
For that primate who has everything
- A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an expectant orangutan couple, complete with bubble bath and a Dolly Parton CD. The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is requesting several items for Mei and KJ on the Target registry, reports the AP , which also includes the movie
Wild Orangutans Now
Jul 8, 2016 2:29 AM CDT
Wild Orangutans Now Critically Endangered
Borneo population added to red list
- A global conservation group says Borneo's orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat. The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates the number of Bornean orangutans has dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1970s and will further decline to 47,...
Than Us in One
Jul 15, 2015 8:01 AM CDT
Chimps Are More Advanced Than Us in One Specific Way
Their hands have evolved more dramatically than humans'
- Consider yourself more advanced than a chimpanzee? When it comes to your hands, at least, you might be wrong. American and Spanish researchers who studied the hands of chimps, orangutans, humans, as well as those of human ancestors and ancient apes, say a chimp’s hands have evolved significantly since...
Has Human Rights
Dec 22, 2014 8:48 AM CST
Court: Orangutan Has Human Rights
Argentina's Sandra wins case to leave zoo
- Weeks after a court in New York denied a chimpanzee human rights , a similar case in Argentina has been found in an orangutan's favor. Sandra the orangutan has lived in a Buenos Aires zoo for 20 years, frequently avoiding people coming to see her. Animal rights lawyers filed a...
Nov 20, 2012 3:21 AM CST
Another Midlife-Crisis Victim: Apes
Slump in happiness mirrors that in humans
- While you won't find them buying sports cars or having affairs with their biographers, apes are just as susceptible to midlife crises as their human counterparts, a new study claims. Researchers questioned the keepers of hundreds of captive orangutans and chimpanzees and found that just like with humans, the...
May Be Over
Nov 20, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Medical Chimp-Testing May Be Over
Congress reviewing bill to ban all ape testing
- Chimpanzees: valuable test subjects, or caged relatives who deserve better treatment? With a ban on all ape-testing now in Congress, the controversial practice dating back to the 1920s may soon be over, the
New York Times
reports. “Now is the time to get these chimps out of invasive research...
Sep 12, 2011 3:31 AM CDT
No More Cigarettes for Smoking Orangutan
'Shirley' forced to quit cigarettes before move to new wildlife center
- A chain-smoking orangutan who achieved notoriety when she became a symbol of Malaysia's horrid zoo conditions has been forced to quit her tobacco habit, reports the AP . The 20-year-old orangutan, Shirley, would smoke lit cigarettes thrown to her by zoo visitors. But now Malaysian wildlife officials have removed her...
Girl Scouts: Thin Mints
Killing Orangutans' Home
May 20, 2011 4:04 AM CDT
Girl Scouts: Thin Mints Killing Orangutans' Home
Duo protests cookies' palm oil recipe
- America's cookie buyers shouldn't have to choose between buying Girl Scout cookies and saving orangutans, say a pair of Michigan girl scouts leading calls for the organization to change its recipe. Seventh graders Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, who have rallied Girl Scout troops across the country and...
Olympian to Teach
Orangutans How to Swing
Aug 17, 2010 5:32 PM CDT
Olympian to Teach Orangutans How to Swing
Animals in Netherlands zoo lose their knack for trees
- A zoo in the Netherlands has hired an Olympic gymnast to teach its orangutans how to swing from tree branches. The zoo's previous orangutan enclosure didn't have trees, and now that their quarters have been upgraded, they seem to have forgotten how to swing from branch to branch, reports APP....
Jun 18, 2010 2:09 AM CDT
Team Deciphers Orangutan Sign Language
Gestures analyzed to compile 'orangutan dictionary'
- A bite of the air, blowing a raspberry, or a backroll means "playtime" in orangutan, say researchers who have completed the most extensive study yet of great ape gestures. The team deciphered the meanings of 40 common orangutan gestures that the animals—the least vocal of the great apes—...
Gorillas: Maybe Not as Gentle as We Thought
Mar 27, 2009 11:55 AM CDT
Gorillas: Maybe Not as Gentle as We Thought
Ape vegetarian in the wild, but can turn carnivore in captivity
- King Kong aside, gorillas have somehow been able to hold onto their reputations as gentle giants, while myths about the belligerent chimpanzee and the promiscuous bonobo have long since been dispelled. But with new research into ape behavior, the last fable may fall, the
reports after primatologists studied apes...
Feb 21, 2009 8:24 AM CST
Whistling Orangutan Surprises Scientists
Her talent may help explain how human speech evolved
- An orangutan at Washington's National Zoo has pleased her caretakers with a unique skill—she's taken up whistling. Researchers have previously taught apes to do so, but Bonnie is different in that she started on her own, apparently by mimicking zookeepers, NPR reports. (She also imitates workers sweeping floors and...
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