November 22, 2006 |
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.
December 31, 2007 |
A 55-year-old Sumatran orangutan, believed to be the world's oldest, has died. Nonja, who was born on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and had lived at Miami Metro Zoo since 1983, was found dead Saturday morning. A necropsy showed that Nonja suffered a brain hemorrhage that made her pass out, vomit and choke. Further testing will determine what caused the hemorrhage. A typical life span for Sumatran orangutans is 40 to 50 years.
June 16, 2002 |
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.
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.
October 27, 1997 |
People killed or tortured 120 orangutans that were forced out of their habitat by wildfires that have raged through the island of Borneo, a newspaper reported. Willie Smits, chief of the Wanariset Samboja conservatory for the red-haired apes, said the animals were captured by villagers who beat or killed them, according to the daily Suara Pembaruan. He said some younger ones had been sold for up to $100. Smits did not specify the number killed.
January 4, 2003 |
Whether it's using leaves to daintily dab at food dripping from their chins or saying goodnight with loud, squeaky kisses, orangutans appear to have culture -- learned behavioral innovations that spread among social groups and to succeeding generations. Once thought to be the hallmark of man, cultural transmission has been detected in chimps, which evolved 7 million years ago.