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March 2, 1995 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a member of the Times Orange County Edition staff.
"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.
Rose-Marie Weisz grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota; now her job is managing very different animals: orangutans. The four orangutans at the Los Angeles Zoo--Eloise, Bruno, Rosie and Kalim--recently moved into a new $6.5-million habitat, called the Red Ape Rain Forest. The new exhibit replicates the creatures' natural habitat in Borneo and Sumatra with 20-foot bamboo, fruit trees, and a recirculating stream that runs through the 6,000-square-foot area.
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.
March 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
November 21, 1988 | From Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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.
Urinating on its pursuers from the tree tops, a Sumatran orangutan shows no sign of wanting to leave its home, a scrap of jungle in the middle of a cocoa plantation. The plantation is inexorably expanding, however, and what is left of the furry red animal's habitat will soon be providing beans for the chocolate lovers of the world.
December 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Ken Allen, the orangutan who kept keepers hopping at the San Diego Zoo with his quests for freedom, has settled down to family life--at least temporarily--but the zoo is cashing in on his fame as an escape artist. A 45-rpm record of his life story and sweat shirts bearing his mug have been placed on the shelves of the zoo's gift shop. Last summer the 15-year-old ape amused and frustrated keepers by breaking out of his moated enclosure every chance he got.
April 29, 1987 | CAROLINE LEMKE, Times Staff Writer
Ken Allen, the San Diego Zoo's elusive orangutan, is under lock and key today after jumping the seven-foot moat encircling his exhibit Tuesday afternoon and taking a 15-minute walk around the park. He was ushered back into his enclosure by keepers, veterinarians and security guards. The 16-year-old, 245-pound Bornean orangutan made his escape when the moat in the back of his exhibit dried up because of a clogged water pump.
December 19, 2001 | Reuters
St. Petersburg's police chief was fired Tuesday after comparing a black suspect to an orangutan. Police Chief Mack Vines, who is white, had served only since Oct. 5, although he also held the position from 1974 to 1980. Vines used the term "orangutan" at a meeting with officers earlier this month to describe the actions of a black suspect who had to be pulled out of a car by police after he wrapped his arms around the steering wheel.
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