July 18, 2013 |
Great apes have a lot in common with Marcel Proust, it turns out. Their long-term memories can be provoked by the equivalent of dipping a madeleine in a cup of tea. In this case, chimpanzees and orangutans remembered how to find tools that would help them get a banana or frozen yogurt, three years after being exposed to the task just four times, according to a study published Thursday in the review Current Biology. The apes also were able to remember a similar scenario from two weeks earlier, even though it was presented only once, the researchers found.
November 19, 2012 |
At middle age, a great ape will neither cheat on a spouse nor buy a red sports car on impulse. But researchers have found that chimpanzees and orangutans experience midlife crises just as surely as do humans. That finding, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could upend firmly held beliefs about the roots of human happiness and the forces that influence its odd trajectory across the life span. If our animal relatives share our propensity for sadness, withdrawal and frustration at life's midpoint, perhaps the midlife crisis is actually driven by biological factors - not the wearing responsibilities of jobs and family and the dawning recognition of our mortality.
January 4, 2012 |
Researchers have been studying orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons and other Indonesian wildlife for more than four decades at Camp Leakey in the Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo. Now an eight-day trip combines a luxury stay in Bali with wildlife viewing and a visit to the camp. The trip starts with three nights in Bali at the Pita Maha Resort and Spa in Ubud and then takes off to Yogyakarta on the island of Java for two nights at the Rimba Lodge inside the national park.
December 30, 2011 |
For the last six months, three orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo have had the pleasure of playing with a donated iPad a couple of times a week, and guess what: They love it. "We show them the iPad, and read them stories or let them have different apps," said Jan Rafert, curator of primates and small mammals at the zoo. "We don't let them hold them, but they can do some of the paint apps by sticking their fingers through the mesh. " The orangutan iPad program, known as Apps for Apes, was started after the gorilla keeper at the zoo mentioned on her Facebook page that she'd like to get some iPads for her gorillas to play with, Rafert explained.
June 12, 2011
VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA Kids and kayaks Want to take the youngsters outdoors but would rather not camp? "Families With Teens" uses rustic God's Pocket Resort Lodge as home base. Guests take daily guided excursions — via sea kayak, foot and motorboat — into the surrounding wilderness to see the Inside Passage's mountains, inlets, rainforests and animals. Dates: July 18-23 Price: $2,495 (ages 13-17 10% off), including lodging, meals, use of kayaking equipment and basic instruction, water-taxi transport to God's Pocket Resort and tour guides.
April 21, 2011 |
Disneynature's new documentary "African Cats" centers on two animal families struggling to survive in the savanna in Kenya: an injured lioness raising a cub and a cheetah who's just given birth to five cubs. The threats they face — including shrinking habitat and opposing prides — prompted the film's co-director Keith Scholey to compare the creatures to the sorts of characters who more routinely populate the multiplex these days. "When you see what they go through to become an adult … they are just superheroes," said Scholey, who directed the film, which opens Friday, with Alastair Fothergill.