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Stop Global Warming and Save Endangered Wildlife as You Shop

Robert Hii | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

The Malaysian state of Borneo, Sabah, is the last remaining hope for many unique Borneon species including orangutans, forest elephants and rhinos but its routinely carved up for palm oil plantations for the sake of "development." Think I'm exaggerating?

WATCH: This Baby Orangutan Makes The Whole World Better

Posted 08.29.2013 | Good News

Baby Rickina has led a difficult life, but she's finally all smiles. The tiny orangutan is being cared for at the Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center ...

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans Today

Robert Hii | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

Palm oil is a tiny fraction of the ingredients that Starbucks uses. That makes the options for them really simple. They can choose to pay the premiums for untainted palm oil or they can drop its use totally

Orangutans Not Going Extinct

Robert Hii | Posted 10.21.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

Unlike pandas which are darn hard to breed in captivity (congratulations to Zoo Atlanta for the twin pandas born there last month ) orangutans are fairly easy to breed in captivity. So, unlike the dinosaurs or the dodo bird, orangutans are not going to disappear off the face of the earth.

LOOK: These Adorable Baby Orangutans Will Help You Celebrate World Orangutan Day

Posted 08.19.2013 | Good News

Here's a little something that will brighten your day. Today isn't just any old Monday -- it's World Orangutan Day! Story continues after photo. ...

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Niel Makinuddin | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Niel Makinuddin

Love orangutans? Then today -- World Orangutan Day, Aug. 19 -- is a day for you to celebrate.

WATCH: Who Knew Apes Can Swim?

| Kelly Servick | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science

No floaties required. Researchers now have the first video evidence that apes can learn to swim and dive. Like humans, wild apes exposed to deep water...

Are Apes Capable Of 'Time Travel?'

| Virginia Morell | Posted 07.19.2013 | Science

A single cue -- the taste of a madeleine, a small cake, dipped in lime tea -- was all Marcel Proust needed to be transported down memory lane. He had...

World Orangutan Day: A Celebration of Conservation

Robert Hii | Posted 09.05.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

As one of the people supporting the inaugural launch of World Orangutan Day, we're billing it as one of the biggest events ever for orangutans. The event was conceived as a means to show our gratitude and support to the men and women who work tirelessly at their rescue and conservation.

Leave Something for Our Kids to Trash

Robert Hii | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

The air quality in Singapore reached hazardous levels this week, breaking all previous records for air pollution. Reports on social media had pigeons dropping dead like the proverbial canary in a coal mine. The cause is massive forest fires burning in Sumatra to clear forests for new palm oil plantations.

The Death of "Sustainability"

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

WWF's statement surprised many long-time palm oil watchers, but the organization deserves enormous credit for sticking to its principles and making clear that companies cannot claim sustainability just by sticking an RSPO label on their product while continuing to destroy the Earth's forests.

Move Over, Polar Bears: Palm Oil Orangutans Want Their $5 of Fame

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

What do polar bears, orangutans, the Walt Disney Company, Cheetos, recycled fundraising schemes and corporate shakedowns have in common? It's just another day on the social activism front.

Some Terrific News For Orangutans

Posted 04.13.2013 | Green

From LiveScience: A population of 200 of the world's rarest orangutans was found tucked away in the forests of the island of Borneo, according to t...

Apes Threatened by a Danger in the Supermarket

Scott Bridges | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Scott Bridges

Gimme a break. Gimme a break. But don't break me off a bite of that KitKat bar because it's destroying the habitat of the orangutan. Or haven't you he...

Three Years Left to Live?

Mikko Alanne | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Mikko Alanne

The main culprit in the catastrophe facing orangutans is palm oil, a widely used cheap additive found in everything from food products to biofuels. Indeed, estimates say palm oil is now in more than 50 percent of all consumer goods.

LOOK: National Zoo's Orangutans Are Now Using iPads

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.22.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo's orangutans, like Americans the country over, have become enamored with iPads. The zoo sent out an announcement abo...

Heartwarming News For Orangutan With Cancer

AP | SUZETTE LABOY | Posted 01.13.2013 | Miami

MIAMI — Peanut, an 8-year-old orangutan with cancer and one of the star attractions at Miami's Jungle Island, no longer needs chemotherapy, her ...

Planet Without Apes?

Craig Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Craig Stanford

Against all odds, the great apes have hung on in remote pockets of the world into the 21st century. Their fate will decided in the remainder of the century, as we grapple with large scale environmental changes that threaten our own lives as well.

'Badass' Orangutan Survives After Being Shot 100 Times In Borneo

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green

An endangered orangutan has been called a "badass" after she survived a brutal attack, in which she was shot more than 100 times with a pellet gun, Ge...

Imperiled Orangutans Need Key Forest Corridor

Posted 10.16.2012 | Green

From OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Sumatran orangutans are in trouble: Only about 6,600 of the animals are left, scattered throughout the northern tip of...

WATCH: Orangutan Undergoes Chemo Like Humans With 'Fear And Enthusiasm'

AP | SUZETTE LABOY | Posted 11.17.2012 | Miami

MIAMI — Peanut is an 8-year-old orangutan and a star attraction at Miami's Jungle Island. These days she's also got a team of cancer doctors hud...

Formerly Blind Mama Orangutan Can See Her Babies For The First Time

AP | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A formerly blind Sumatran orangutan can see her baby twins for the first time after undergoing cataract surgery in the first suc...

PHOTOS: Among The Orangutans Of Malaysian Borneo

Kip Patrick | Posted 09.08.2012 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Borneo is the only location, other than the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where the ginger apes live in the wild.

Is This Smoking Orangutan Going To Kick Her Bad Habit?

AP | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Tori is a teenager with a bad habit. The 15-year-old orangutan has been smoking cigarettes at an Indonesian zoo for a decade, bu...

Duchess, Oldest Orangutan In Captivity, Dies At 52

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, June 24 (Reuters) - A beloved Bornean orangutan, reported by zoo keepers to be the oldest in captivity in N...