A conservation group said Monday it has chosen the name Alba for a rare albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia after receiving a flood of suggestions from the public.
The Bornean orangutan population has declined by 75% since 1900, and currently there are only an estimated 54,000 Bornean orangutans left in the wild. With a continued decline in numbers and given the immediate threats to their habitat, hunting, and illegal trade, this exclusive Asian species native to the island of Borneo, is listed as an Endangered species.
The video above was posted online a few days ago by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and is intended to raise awareness of how the palm oil industry is destroying orangutans’ natural habitats and driving the species to extinction. The video shows a 12-year-old deaf girl named Lena chitchatting with an orangutan named Strawberry via Skype. One thing leads to another, and Strawberry learns that Lena likes to eat peanut butter.
An endangered Bornean orangutan has died young at Indonesia’s notorious “zoo of death” in Surabaya after succumbing to a tumor in her large intestine, the zoo confirmed on Wednesday.
Petrified and starving, a desperate orangutan clings defiantly to the last tree standing in her forest before it is completely destroyed and turned into a palm oil plantation.
Indonesia’s famous smoking orangutan Tori gave birth to a fuzzy baby named Jokowi on Wednesday, zoo staff said.
Tori, Indonesia’s smoking orangutan, has been relocated to an isolated island in the middle of a lake so she can kick the habit without being tempted by the cigarettes zoo patrons routinely throw into her enclosure, a Taru Jurug Zoo official said on Thursday.
Tori, a smoking orangutan at Solo’s Taru Jurug Zoo, will soon be forced to kick the habit. Zookeepers hope that 15-year-old Tori will finally beat decade-long addiction when she is moved out of visitors’ reach.