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Call of the Orangutan: How to Follow an Orangutan

Call of the Orangutan: How to Follow an Orangutan

In my previous post, I wrote about the first task in studying orangutan behavior: finding the animals. In this one I'll explain the second major task: following them.

August 20, 2014 — James Askew

How Zoos Acquire Endangered Species

How do you transport two young orangutans to a zoo thousands of kilometers away from their native lands? Here's the simple answer: FedEx. Here's the less simple answer: It's a lot of work.

March 30, 2015 — John R. Platt
Call of the Orangutan: Using Drones to Scan the Forest

Call of the Orangutan: Using Drones to Scan the Forest

One of the most interesting areas the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is currently working on is mapping, monitoring and surveying orangutan habitats around the island using drones.

January 23, 2015 — James Askew

If Apes Go Extinct, So Could Entire Forests

Bonobo poop matters. Well, maybe not the poop itself, but what's in it. You see, bonobos eat a lot of fruit, and fruit contains seeds. Those seeds travel through a bonobo's digestive system while the bonobo itself travels through the landscape.

March 11, 2015 — John R. Platt
Call of the Orangutan: Rescuing a Crashed Drone

Call of the Orangutan: Rescuing a Crashed Drone

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part post about using drone technology to search for orangutans around the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra.

January 26, 2015 — James Askew
Call of the Orangutan: An Ape Named James

Call of the Orangutan: An Ape Named James

It has been an exceptionally exciting and productive first month for me at the Sikundur research station. I couldn't have asked for much more in terms of data, and it's been so hectic that sitting here in Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, it seems like far longer than a month since I started!

August 13, 2014 — James Askew
Call of the Orangutan: The Importance of Play

Call of the Orangutan: The Importance of Play

The past couple of months have been excellent for our data collection, as we've encountered a number of parties of orangutans. This is a more common occurrence in the high productivity forests of Sumatra, where we’re working, than on Borneo, where animals tend to be much more dispersed due to limitations in food availability.

March 9, 2015 — James Askew