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It's estimated that 2,000-3,000 orangutans are lost every year

Orangutans spend most of their time in trees.

“Orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (person) and "hutan" (of the forest).

Orangutans exist in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent and make their own tools.

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Displaced orangutans are being rescued nearly every day

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

Orangutan rescue centers are at near full capacity in 2018

Orangutan Expert and Founder of The Orangutan Project Releases New Book

Leif Cocks, founder and president of The Orangutan Project has released a new book, “Finding Our Humanity” that explores his nearly 30 year career of passionately fighting to save our distant cousin. In an interview with PR Newswire Leif Cocks explains that, “It can be difficult sometimes for people to see the similarities between humans and orangutans.” Cocks continues to say, “I’ve spent the majority of my life with these great apes and witnessed their humanity many times. We are all Great Apes. Orangutans and humans share 97% of their DNA makeup. Orangutans have cognitive thoughts and have as much humanity as you or me, sometimes more so.”

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Sir David Attenborough brings forth the orangutuans’ plight in new docu-series

Sir David Attenborough brought viewers to tears as Climate Change: The Facts airs on BBC. A clip from the episode shows an orangutan face to face with an industrial digging machine as it clears large sections of the forest for palm oil plantations. This is just one of the horrific ways that humans are contributing to the decline of orangutan populations. Additionally, the documentary focuses on how this type of invasive agriculture contributes to the destruction of our planet in the form of climate change. This episode is part of the larger Our Planet Matters series on BBC.

CLICK HERE to read the full article on Mirror.

posted by: Eric DePalma

 

IUCN calls on projects threatening the Tapanuli Orangutan to stop!

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has released a statement requesting projects that threaten the already critically endangered status of Tapanuli Orangutans to stop. Further, the IUCN is requesting the development and integration of a “conservation management plan,” for the rarest species of great ape. This plan will be based on an independent organization’s assessment of population and habitat viability in Tapanuli.

 

 

Click Here to read the full article at IUCN.Org

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Researchers discover new Chimpanzee ‘Toolkit’

In a new paper published in ‘Folia Primatologica’ researchers have discovered a new set of behaviors exhibited by eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes shweinfurthii). This so-called new ‘toolkit’ includes, “four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging.” The tools seem to have distinct characteristics that correspond to the goal of the tool use, something that is also characterized by the radically different tool use shown by different chimpanzee populations across Africa.

 

Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation

 

Read the full article on Mongabay.com

posted by: Eric DePalma