orang-utan


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orang-utan

a small anthropoid ape, 150 lb, 5 ft tall, covered with mahogany colored hair and with a striking facial similarity to humans. Herbivorous, not very agile and sleeps in trees. Called also Pongo pygmaeus.
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Orang-utan sanctuaries may not provide photographers with a truly authentic 'wild' experience, but they certainly represent the best chance for accessible photography in the animals' native habitat.
Interbreeding between Sumatran and Bornean orang-utans, the only great apes native to Asia, ended after zoologists established that specimens from each island belonged to distinct species, she said.
The games incorporate the Microsoft Xbox Kinect to project onto the floor of the orang-utans exhibit and then operate as a touch-screen, using Kinect 3D technology to sense the animals movements when they choose to interact with the projections.
THERE are believed to be only around 48,500 wild orang-utans left, living in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
Karmele Llano Sanchez, programme director of IAR Indonesia, said: "There is no future for the orang-utan unless all parties can make a commitment to conserving sufficient habitat to ensure their survival and implement measures to reduce carbon emissions and reduce the likelihood of further El Nino climatic events.
Today, only about 50,000 Bornean and 7,000 Sumatran orang-utans remain in the wild.
The tubby orang-utan weighs in at a whopping 100kg - double her natural body weight.
Huge demand is placing an unbearable strain on the remaining rainforestsof theworld-mostofall in Borneo, pushing the orang-utan closer to extinction.
Unilever was visited by the same orang-utans two years ago, after a Greenpeace report linked the fmcg giant to the Indonesia-based supplier.
The first was a paper in Proceedings Of The Royal Society entitled Orang-Utans Use Leaves To Lie About Their Size.
They will spend time working with young children in orphanages and helping rare orang-utans in the wild.
Named after an Indonesian phrase meaning 'man of the forest', orang-utans are the largest of the tree-dwelling great apes and one of our closest biological relatives.