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Forest Guardians and Discount Clinics: Rethinking How to Save the Environment in Kalimantan

A.Tianna Scozzaro | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
A.Tianna Scozzaro

In the southwestern part of Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, there's a small town on the outskirts of an incredibly diverse forest where the co...

World's 2nd Oldest Female Orangutan Euthanized After Failing Health

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 05.22.2016 | Crime
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A Chicago zoo is in mourning after the death of a 54-year-old orangutan that was celebrated as the second oldest known female of her species. The Born...

Orangutan Rescue in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem

Laurel Neme | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Medical check of orangutan. Photo courtesty of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) The adolescent orangutan was on his way to becoming the...

By Legal Means: Protecting Key Orangutan Habitat Through the Courts

Laurel Neme | Posted 04.19.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Many developing countries have fairly good environmental laws against deforestation and to protect threatened species, such as orangutans. However, en...

The Moment She Realizes Her Life Is About To Get So Much Better

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 02.23.2016 | Good News

When an animal lover saw one orangutan's terrible reality at an exploitive zoo in Thailand, she knew she had to do something....

Donkey Kong, Anyone? Orangutans Learning To Play Xbox To Fight Boredom In Zoo

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 02.04.2016 | Technology

There’s now one less divide between humans and orangutans. One of mankind’s closest relatives is learning how to play Xbox video games thanks to r...

Our Endangered Great Ape Cousins, Section III -- Orangutans: Animal Planet on the Looney Front, Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Once Orangutans roamed over much of Asia. Now you'll only find these fantastic red-haired creatures in Sumatra and Borneo.

Starbucks' Deforestation-Free Pledge Not Worth Beans

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Starbucks has a bigger problem than the controversy over its new red holiday cup. It's still buying palm oil and other agricultural products that might be linked to tropical forest destruction, and a coalition of science, environmental and labor organizations isn't happy about it.

This Baby Orangutan's Story Illustrates The Best And The Worst Of Human Nature

The Dodo | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.04.2015 | Green

One soulful picture captures the painful torture that farming can inflict on orangutans. Back in 2010, a mother orangutan ventured near a village in B...

Up Close With a Very Smart Orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After six decades of Zoo visits on five continents, and a number of safari treks through animal habitats in Southern and Western Africa, I frankly tho...

Big, Fat TRANSgression

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In other words, the best diet for our health depends, as it ever has, not on replacing trans fat with any one oil from any one nut up any one tree; but on seeing the forest.

Orangutan Shares Incredible Moment With Human Mom And Baby

The Dodo | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green

We're used to cooing over cute animal babies. But what happens when they feel the same way about us? A video currently making the rounds captures a t...

Orangutan Bottle-Feeds Tiger Cub In Adorable Video

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green

Love knows no bounds -- even across species, apparently. In this incredible viral video, watch as an orangutan is seen playing and tussling with a ...

Ape's Freaky Calls Sound A Lot Like Human Speech

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science

She's not exactly talking, but a female orangutan at the Cologne Zoo in Germany has been making vocalizations that bear an eerie resemblance to human ...

Legal Personhood for Apes

Stephen Wells | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

The ruling for Sandra could open the doors for major changes in the treatment of animals in zoos, circuses, theme parks, and research facilities. The recognition of her rights by the Argentinian court shows it's time our own legal system caught up.

Sandra Orangutan, Rights and Personhood: An Essential Clarification of the Court's Decision

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Marc Bekoff

Here, attorney Steven Wise, who heads the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), provides a very important clarification of the court's decision.

Court Rules Captive Orangutan Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed

Reuters | Richard Lough | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green

By Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (Reuters) - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court r...

Biruté Mary Galdikas: 'If Orangutans Go Extinct, It Will Be Because of Palm Oil'

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Tadzio Mac Gregor

This woman of Lithuanian heritage has grown to become one of the greatest scientists and primatologists of the 20th century. Biruté Mary Galdikas has spent more than 40 years living and studying the behaviour of orangutans inside the once pristine rainforest of Borneo, Indonesia.

A Lifetime of Saving Orangutans

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

I met Dr. Biruté Galdikas on a hot afternoon this past August when our rather ancient Trigana Air 737 landed in Pangklanbun, Borneo. We were 14 friends and family. It had been quite a trek to get here and, by the look of the airport terminal, we were most definitely not in Kansas anymore.

Animal Welfare and Palm Oil in Products We Buy

Robert Hii | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

While it is great to see all these multinational palm oil producers making the pledge to protect forests for the sake of wild animals, how would one know at the retail level which products use palm oil from these producers?

Conservation Needs Palm Oil Companies to Become Active Stakeholders

Robert Hii | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

What is needed is a broad action across entire regions and we are staring to see some suggestions that this will happen soon.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

Trans Borneo Challenge to Save Orangutans

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The assault on nature is mostly from multi-national companies that regularly bribe government officials. Irreparable damage has occurred to priceless rainforests and millions of people are suffering.

Why These Doting Orangutan Moms Should Be Part of Your Mother's Day Plans

Richard Zimmerman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Richard Zimmerman

Orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly close relationship. In the wild, orangutans stay with their mothers until they are around seven or eight years old.

Breaking The Law In Indonesia To Save Forests

Robert Hii | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

What will fail Indonesia's forests are the same two grim brothers that we see all over the world: politics and profit-driven corporations.