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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990
Charles Wallace's article on the illegal trade of animals in Thailand ("A Wildlife Smuggler's Paradise," Column One, Oct. 20) accurately described the problems facing endangered primates throughout Southeast Asia. However, towards the end of the article he stated that four of the "Bangkok Six" had died following their return to Indonesia. Actually, two of the orangutans died as a result of static pneumonia, brought on by the effects of the unseasonably wet and cool June weather in Borneo on the weakened conditions of the animals.
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April 20, 2014
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NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Whether it's a special technique for basket-weaving or using a stick to "fish" for tasty termites, the ability to share and modify cultural behavior probably originated with the last common ancestor to humans and chimpanzees, a new study argues. In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers concluded that humans and their closest animal relatives, chimpanzees, shared diverse cultural repertoires, while the more distantly related orangutans did not. Study authors Jason Kamilar, a primatologist at Arizona State University, and Quentin Atkinson, a cognitive and evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, examined the so-called nesting of cultural traits in humans and compared them with the putative cultural behaviors of chimps and orangutans.
WORLD
November 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Forty-eight orangutans rescued from a Thai amusement park were returned to Indonesia and will soon be released into a jungle reserve on Borneo island, officials said. The animals -- which were forced to perform in daily boxing matches in Thailand before being confiscated in August 2004 -- were flown to the capital, Jakarta, on an Indonesian military transport plane. They were seized from the private Safari World zoo near Bangkok and have been kept in a wildlife breeding center.
WORLD
June 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Fans by the hundreds arrived in Lop Buri, Thailand, to take part in Buddhist funeral rites for Mike, a gentle orangutan who died Thursday at age 17 of complications from fluid in the lungs. He is to be buried today beneath his own statue in the city zoo. Mike's wife, Susu, and offspring Lamyai will attend, wearing black outfits provided by the zoo. Mike's lavish 1996 wedding with Susu drew hundreds of guests, and four human couples were married alongside them.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2011 | Deborah Netburn
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.
SCIENCE
October 4, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Habitat destruction by illegal loggers could mean the extinction of orangutans within 10 to 20 years, a Harvard researcher studying the apes said. Logging has been increasing in recent years, moving away from river edges into the interiors of the forests where the orangutans live, Cheryl Knott said. Knott studies orangutans in Indonesia's Gunung Palung National Park, home to about 2,500 of the animals, about one-tenth of those in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Neighbors in this Kern County community are rallying against a neighbor who wants to house show-business orangutans at his house. Abe Karajerjian is seeking a conditional use permit to allow seven orangutans used in the film industry to be kept in Ridgecrest. He is a zoologist and biological anthropologist and has worked as an animal trainer for 14 years. Neighbors fear a repeat of an attack last year, when two chimpanzees got out of their cage at a Havilah, Calif., ranch and mauled a man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1999
The Los Angeles Zoo unveiled plans Monday for a $5-million project that is expected to provide a healthier environment for its four orangutans than their current, cramped quarters. At a news conference at the Griffith Park facility, zoo officials introduced models of the Red Ape Rain Forest, 6,000 square feet of open space with a recirculating stream and 20-foot artificial trees that the apes can use for climbing and swinging.
SCIENCE
July 18, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
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.
SCIENCE
November 19, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2011 | Deborah Netburn
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.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
August 28, 1994 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first open-heart surgery performed on an ape, a medical team led by an internationally known heart surgeon worked for seven hours Saturday to repair a life-threatening hole in the heart of a young orangutan at the San Diego Zoo.
NEWS
April 17, 1993 | From Associated Press
An orangutan smuggler was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison in a KGB-linked case that aroused the indignation of conservationists around the world. In a last-minute twist, prosecutors refused to recommend a lighter sentence for Matthew Block, 31, questioning whether he had fully cooperated with the government as required by his plea bargain.
TRAVEL
September 5, 2010
OREGON Happy hiking The four-day "Raft Supported Wilderness Lodge Trip" from Rogue Wilderness Adventures affords the perks of a good hike without the pain. With gear packed on a raft, the trail on a gentle downhill gradient and a lodge (with bed and shower) awaiting every evening, you can focus on the Rogue River Canyon's magnificent fall colors and abundant wildlife as you hike from lodge to lodge. Another option is to experience the journey from the boat and brave the rapids with your gear.
WORLD
November 2, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The monkey, shackled to an iron stake, paced a narrow strip of dirt filled with its own excrement. As people laughed and pointed, the creature bared its teeth and lunged at the end of its line. "He gets angry," said one trader at the teeming animal market here. "Like a little person." Irma Hermawati gets angry too. The 31-year-old Javanese native is an investigator for the nonprofit group ProFauna, which lobbies on behalf of what she believes is Indonesia's most precious resource: its indigenous wildlife.
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