BBC News about Orangutans

  • Apes remember distant past events Chimpanzees and orangutans were able to remember events from three years earlier when presented with with sensory triggers, a new study shows.
  • Refugees of the lost rainforest As an orangutan was preparing to give birth in Jersey, journalist Harriet Bradshaw went in search of its wild relatives.
  • Orangutangs 'found on ground' The famously tree-loving orang-utan may in fact spend more time than previously thought on the ground. Dr Julia P Myatt, lecturer in behavioural ecology at the University of Birmingham explains the new findings.
  • Apes 'may video chat' on iPads Conservationists at a Milwaukee zoo have introduced orangutans to iPads, and hope one day they could even be able to make video calls.
  • Orangutan genome 'evolved slowly' Scientists have released a draft sequence of the orang-utan genome, revealing intriguing clues to the evolution of great apes and humans.
  • Fire hose donated to orang-utans Orang-utans in Indonesia are being helped to prepare to return to the wild thanks to old fire hose donated by Cambridgeshire Fire Service.
  • Fat orang-utan goes on a diet An overweight orang-utan, who was Britain's fattest primate, has been put on a strict new diet.
  • Dorset home for obese orang-utan An orang-utan that is twice its natural weight has arrived at Monkey World in Dorset to be cared for by staff.
  • Gymnast helps Orangutans out of a twist In an evolutionary twist, a Dutch zoo has called in the services of an Olympic gymnast to re-teach orangutans how to climb trees in their enclosure.
  • In pictures: Orangutan energetics Unique among great apes, orangutans regularly experience periods of starvation, which may explain much about their behaviour and diet.
  • Orangutans show talent for mime Just like humans, orangutans use mime to get their messages across, scientists report
  • Fast Track How tourism is playing a vital role in trying to protect Indonesia's orang-utans.
  • Panorama Panorama follows Chingo and Jojo - orangutans displaced by the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest that is being cleared for palm oil plantations.
  • Orangutans cannibalise own babies Two female orangutans have been seen cannibalising the bodies of their recently deceased babies.
  • Orangutans use 'charades' to talk Orangutan communication resembles a game of charades, a study suggests.
  • Orangutans 'may die out by 2025' The orangutan, Asia's "wild man of the forests", could disappear in just 20 years, a campaign group believes.