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November 8, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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NEWS
June 8, 1990 | Associated Press
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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December 7, 1997 | TARA MEYER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
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June 3, 1990 | ELIZABETH PISANI, REUTERS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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