Orangutans Are Hooked on Technology Just Like the Rest of Us

Not unlike how many of us play games on Facebook to kill time until it's five o'clock, orangutans at Smithsonian's National Zoo are utilizing iPads so they don't go nutso. Because being trapped in a small enclosure can be depressing, it's exciting when zoos strive to incorporate engaging enrichment. The iPads were a… » 1/29/13 11:15pm 1/29/13 11:15pm

Chimps, Like People, May Experience Midlife Crises, Might Buy Chimp…

The midlife crisis has always been seen as a very human thing. Documented by sociologists in over 65 countries, the midlife dip in self-esteem, contentment, vivaciousness and happiness, is a universal phenomenon amongst people and has generally been attributed to economic, psychological and sociological factors. Until… » 11/20/12 12:20pm 11/20/12 12:20pm

Mother’s Day for Orangutans Is Like an Ironic Independence Day

Orangutan offspring stay really attached to their mothers for a really long time, which could have something to do with the terrifying long arms that adult orangutans use to pull their babies back whenever they wander too far. In other words, orangutan moms are kind of a big deal in the animal kingdom, which is… » 5/13/12 4:00pm 5/13/12 4:00pm

Orangutans Join the iPad Generation

People already share 97% of the same genetic material with orangutans and now it looks like we're sharing Apple products, as well. Orangutans at Miami's Jungle Island have taken to using iPads as a way of communicating with trainers and visitors through an app (initially designed for humans with autism) in which the… » 5/09/12 11:40am 5/09/12 11:40am

Every Time You Eat A Doughnut, An Orangutan Dies

The adorable apes you see at left may be homeless because of your junk food habit or your hair conditioner. The problem? Palm oil. As Glenn Hurowitz explains in the Los Angeles Times, palm oil "comes from the disappearing, ultra-carbon-rich rain forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, of which a whopping 25,000 square… » 5/19/08 3:20pm 5/19/08 3:20pm