News stories about Orangutans from around the globe

A collection of articles that have been published by others on the plight of Orangutans

There are currently 163 articles dating back through to 2011 that we've added to this archive / respository.
We welcome your input - so please feel free to let us know if you spot an article you think we should add.


TOP in the News Jeanette Thomas to launch The Orangutan Project in NZ

TOP in the News

06-May-2014 -- Publisher: Scoop.co.nz

New Zealand personality and host of TVNZ Good Morning Jeanette Thomas, has just returned from the jungles of Sumatra to launch The Orangutan Project (TOP) in New Zealand with TOP President and world-renowned orangutan expert Leif Cocks.


TOP is a not-for-profit organisation that supports orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of displaced orangutans back to the wild. TOP’s objective is to save the Orangutans from extinction and ensure the amazing species can live the happy and healthy lives in their natural forests, as they deserve.

TOP in the News About World Orangutan Day: August 19th-Every Year

TOP in the News

13-Aug-13 -- Publisher: Wafa's Blog

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, World Orangutan Day has been set as August 19th as a positive way to bring much needed attention and awareness to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes. 

From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan declined by more than 50% and only an estimated 7,000 animals are left in the wild. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 % in the past decade and estimates place their population at about 45,000 animals. Since the last population estimates were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these.

Something has to be done to save the orangutans and that is the reason for World Orangutan Day! 

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TOP in the News It's world orangutan day!

TOP in the News

19-Aug-13 -- Publisher: Biodiversity Revolution

Just a quick reminder that today is world orangutan day. These gentle apes share 97% of their DNA with us, and are intelligent, patient, and affectionate.

This is an opportune time to reflect on how much palm oil is in products you buy such as food as cosmetics, and whether your timber products are illegally logged: both of these problems are causes of the deforestation that is depriving orangutans of their habitat and threatening them with extinction.


TOP in the News Palm oil smart phone app helps users save orangutans

TOP in the News

18-Aug-13 -- Publisher: MENAFN

What do Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, Palmolive dish soap and Friskies cat food have in common?

The answer is sustainable palm oil.

Palm oil might be the most prevalent product ingredient you've never heard of.

It's estimated that the edible vegetable oil in its various manifestations can be found in as many as half of the processed foods and packaged products in grocery stores, from snack foods to cosmetics, but that doesn't mean you'll find it listed by name among the ingredients. The highly saturated, trans fat-free oil, harvested from African oil palm trees on plantations in the tropics, is a main component in many preparations of sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfates, present in makeup and pretty much every product that foams, from shampoo to dish soap.


TOP in the News Apes That Dive And Swim - First Documented Report

TOP in the News

14-Aug-2013 -- Publisher: Science 2.0

Zoos have used water moats to confine chimpanzees, gorillas or orangutans. When apes ventured into deep water, they often drowned, which indicated that apes could not learn to swim and so prefer to stay on dry land.

But it turns out that they can.

Two researchers have video-based observation of swimming and diving apes. Instead of the usual dog-paddle stroke used by most terrestrial mammals, these animals use a kind of breaststroke. This swimming strokes peculiar to humans (and apes) might be the result of an earlier adaptation to an arboreal life.