April 22, 1990 |
Within a minute of our arrival by boat, my wife, Cat, had a baby orangutan thrust into her arms. "I must make tea. I must make tea," one of the rangers said frantically. "Could you hold him for a moment? It's all right, isn't it?" All right to hold a baby orangutan? My wife was wearing one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen. "Welcome to Kutai, East Kalimantan," said the ranger, returning with two glasses of tea. My wife also let me hold the little orangutan.
April 18, 1993 |
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.
November 8, 1988 |
Her escape was nowhere near as clever as some of her previous escapades, but Kumang got out of her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on Monday for 20 minutes until attendants subdued her with a tranquilizer gun. Kumang, an 11-year-old, 100-pound female orangutan, has now been on the lam four times. In previous escapes, Kumang has used sticks to neutralize the current in the enclosure's electrified fence. And once, she and Jane, her orangutan girlfriend, used a mop handle to help in climbing out.
June 8, 1990 |
A 127-pound orangutan escaped from its cage by unscrewing four large bolts. Visitors at the Kansas City Zoo's Great Ape House screamed, but no one was hurt during the animal's brief dash to freedom Wednesday, zoo officials said. "You've got all these women pushing kids in strollers trying to get out of there," said Beth Cooper, who was in the building with her husband and two toddlers. "It was kind of funny."
December 7, 1997 |
Chantek, a giant ball of orange fur, puts a fist to his chin--sign language for orange. "Give me the cup, Chantek. Then I'll give you an orange," trainer Lyn Miles signs back, motioning to the plastic juice cup the 450-pound orangutan has nabbed from her. He repeats the sign for the orange, again without success, then turns away. "That's the 'No way, lady,' response," said Carol Flammer of Zoo Atlanta. Chantek is the latest, possibly most fascinating addition to the zoo's primate group.
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June 18, 1995 |
A Duke University researcher's discovery that wild orangutans can make and use tools to gather food could shake some fundamental ideas about human origins, including when and how intelligence evolved. Duke anthropologist Carel van Schaik found the 12 tool-using orangutans in a virtually unexplored region on the island of Sumatra. Van Schaik presented the finding recently at a Duke seminar. "They've seen it at last.
March 2, 1995 |
"I was born to study orangutans." So begins one chapter in the new book by BirutF. Galdikas, "Reflections of Eden: My Years With the Orangutans of Borneo." That sense of destiny pervades the autobiographical work, which intertwines details of Galdikas' life with glimpses of her 24 years studying the great apes of Indonesia. "I think that sometimes in life, several different threads come together" and point the way to a path in life, she said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.
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March 25, 2004 |
SAN DIEGO A newborn Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo was named Wednesday, thanks to more than 180,000 America Online members who participated in an Internet poll. The 2 1/2-week-old orangutan will be called Cinta, which means "love and affection" in Bahasa, the language of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
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November 21, 1988 |
An orangutan that had escaped from a display enclosure at the San Diego Zoo earlier this month wasted no time giving handlers the slip again--the fifth time in a little more than a year. The 11-year-old, 100-pound female named Kumang was released Saturday into the exhibit for the first time since its Nov. 7 escape, but by 9:25 a.m. she had gotten out, zoo spokeswoman Georgeanne Irvine said. The orangutan made its way atop an aviary as visitors who had entered the zoo since the 9 a.m.
June 20, 1988 |
After nearly 20 years together, Josephine and Denny are splitting up. San Francisco Zoo officials want to send Josephine to the Philadelphia Zoo, because she and Denny belong to separate subspecies. Josephine is a Bornean orangutan, Denny is Sumatran. Experts, who only recently became adept at distinguishing between the two subspecies, believe it is best to keep the two genetic strains separate, zoo Director Saul Kitchener said. "These animals are not fulfilling their destinies," he said.