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Choosing Kit Kat Bars to Save the Sumatran Tigers

Robert Hii | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

I still get asked by people why I make such a big fuss over palm oil. It usually throws me off balance as I am surrounded by so many people who are "in the know."

Orangutans and the World's Coolest Treehouse

Robert Schrader | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Robert Schrader

There's only one thing cooler than hiking three hours into the jungles of Borneo and happening upon the treehouse of your childhood dreams.

WATCH: What CAN'T They Do?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

These orangutans are located in the Camp Leakey research facility in Central Borneo, where they are observed by researchers who aim to return them to ...

Orangutan And Ukulele Probably Won't Be Friends

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green

Well, the verdict is in, give an orangutan a ukulele, and he will not instantly become the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole of the animal kingdom. He might, howe...

Orangutans and Forests. A Chat With The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Robert Hii | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

News that we are losing forests globally at a rate of 50 football fields a minute should come as no surprise.

Indonesian Forests Face Grave Threats

AP | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about Indonesia's pulp and palm oil industries, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the country's top p...

WATCH: What Would An Orangutan Say About The Palm Oil In Your Snack Food?

Posted 10.09.2013 | Green

A new video from Rainforest Action Network aims to draw attention to the threat to endangered orangutans caused by palm oil. This vegetable oil is ...

Pointers, Please, for Spotting Wild Life: Mr. Magoo on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.09.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Serendipity does sometimes smile upon me, and it did a few months ago when I was on a tossing, rolling tin motorboat on the roiling South Pacific off the Austral island of Rurutu in French Polynesia, looking for whales.

Spotting Borneo's Wild Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants, and Proboscis Monkeys--on a Budget

Lina Eroh | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Lina Eroh

When people hear the word "Borneo" they typically think two things: unexplored and expensive. While Borneo is definitely not a cheap destination, especially since the Malaysian ringgit is doing well against the dollar, there are ways to explore its rain forests and keep your wallet intact.

From Planet of the Apes to the Apes of the Planet: Simian Meanderings on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I never intended to be a myth-buster, but I'm not disappointed, however sorry Fox is. The trip is too interesting for that, the landscape, yes, too otherwordly, far too awesome in the word's original sense before its current one-stop usage.

Apes Observed 'Updating Their Google Maps'

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 09.13.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- It's the ape equivalent of Google Maps and Facebook. The night before a big trip, Arno the orangutan plots his journey and lets others k...

Sumatra's Vivid Red Orangutans in their Final Redoubts - Within Earshot of Whining Chainsaws

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

High in the branches, a vivid orange-red blur stirs behind the green leaves -- a young male slowly swinging his way in search of fruit

Somebody Get This Orangutan A Zookeeper Application STAT

Posted 09.11.2013 | Good News

Suriya the orangutan is a helper at heart. Here she is lending a hand at the Myrtle Beach Safari park in South Carolina. The 9-year-old ape just l...

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.