New Population of Orangutangs Discovered

According to National Geographic a new, and large, population of orangutangs has been discovered in the Indonesian sector of Borneo:

Combing through the island’s East Kalimantan Province–part of Borneo’s Indonesian sector–last December, conservationists discovered 219 orangutan nests.
The scientists used this number to make a wider estimate that the new population may contain up to two thousand Bornean orangutans.

More importantly:

But this newfound group faces few threats from humans, because the region’s rocky landscape cannot be easily developed into plantations, Meijaard said.


7 Responses

  1. Read this a few days ago – what great news! And as much as I like reading about primates I’d never even heard of black-colored orangutauns before. Very cool.

  2. Thank you for mentioning this truly wonderful orangutan news on Afarensis!
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  3. That’s fantastic! Really good news.
    Thanks for telling us about this, made my day.

  4. Wonderful news! I only hope they remain as protected and wild as they were before the discovery.

  5. Great News!
    BTW, do you have an ETA on that article on ape locomotion you mentioned a while back?
    I’m looking forward to it.

  6. You can find the third post on the subject here and follow the links in the post to the first two…

  7. Actually, you recently said something about finishing it. Something to help incent: Functional morphology of the ankle and the likelihood of climbing in early hominins by Jeremy M. DeSilva, Published online before print April 13, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900270106.
    I’ve only seen the abstract, but it looks interesting.

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