Browsing All posts tagged under »orangutans«

King Louie and the swingers

November 15, 2014

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To be able to see one wild species of ape is a privilege but to see two species (orangutans and gibbons) would be like all my Christmases had come at once. The alarm went off at 4am and I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stretched as best as I could in my small […]

Great Apes Summit – Palm Oil

September 23, 2013

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The profitability of palm oil has fueled a global ago-industrial surge that has devastated vast areas of orangutan habitat in Asia. It now threatens great ape forests in Africa. I spoke to some of the world’s leading experts in conservation on whether there is a sustainable way to meet the popular demand of this crop.

Great apes have midlife crises too

November 20, 2012

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The midlife crisis cliché is not uniquely human because our primate cousins go through the same emotions. A team of international researchers have found that dissatisfaction in midlife may have evolved in our common ancestors rather than just from the stresses of modern life. The well-being of 508 captive great apes from around the world […]

Leaving their mark – even apes love to paint.

August 31, 2011

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The art world has mourned many great painters over the years. Some have lived to a ripe ole age, other have died young like this next painter, who didn’t even make it to his 30th. He wasn’t plagued by drink or drug problems. He was a much-loved individual who was described as having a “gentle […]

Apes on film

April 26, 2011

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If there is one thing I wish I could change about myself, it would be my eyesight. I’m myopic or in layman’s term extremely short-sighted. If it wasn’t for modern science my glasses would have lenses the thickness of jam jars. I’ve thought about having corrective surgery but for someone with such a high prescription […]

The (not so) guilty pleasure of holidays

April 4, 2011

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I’d like to think I’m not an ‘over-the-shoulder-reader’ when I travel on the tube. I find it really irksome when other people do it to me and I often want to turn and say, “Have you quite finished, can I turn the page now?!” I always carry a book or pick up a free paper […]

97% Human, primates feature in exhibition Down Under

February 22, 2011

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      These beautiful primate portraits are part of a project called 97% Human, which were taken at Melbourne Zoo by photographer Arthur Xanthopoulos. He wanted to bring out the human side to these animals (anthropomorphism). Arthur was originally inspired by primate documentaries, including BBC productions narrated by Sir David Attenborough, where the theme […]