One of the smartest animals I have the pleasure to work with. The bond we have is incredible. When I first started working with these girls they would try to grab me and would spit on me lol. 4 years later they come over to say hello :) #suncoastprimatesanctuary#orangutan#endangered#greatape
. This beautiful chimpanzee is Shamsi, Mother of Baran, our new baby chimpanzee.
When a female chimpanzee has her first baby, she's usually unsure about how to take care for it. But she watches other mothers & use her own instinct to learn how to care for her baby.
Some of the world's largest palm oil corporations have joined forces with NGOs (non governmental originations) to launch a program to prevent orangutan extinction and help save the species. The PONGO alliance (named after the genus orangutans are classed under) is made up of many palm oil giants as well as numerous wildlife conservation originations such as orangutan land trust and international animal rescue and is aiming to help save 10,000 of the great apes in Borneo after the populations have been declining at a rapid rate. They are an iconic species and must be saved especially as us humans are the largest threat to their numbers. The PONGO alliance launched on June 13 and although the group is mainly concentrating on orangutans outside Palm oil owned areas the work is still very important. However this work will not be easy as orangutans (especially Bornean) cover vast areas of land and are far more solitary than their Sumatran cousins so I will be difficult for the group to keep up accurately. The alliance will be working towards creating wildlife corridors to join isolated patches of forest as this will allow fragmented populations of animals to breed easier as well as being more locally protected. "As an industry we need to do something to stop this iconic species from declining" #usoa#u_s_o_a#universalsocietyofanimals#animal#animals#animallife#animalkingdom#nature#wild#wildlife#orangutan#saveourspecies#SOS#pongoalliance#pongo#conservation#species#borneo#sumatra#greatape#ape#goape#asia#primate#palmoil#palmoilplantation#stoppalmoil#endpalmoil #
Kanzi is a uniquely talented bonobo. He was born in captivity and learned how to communicate with humans at an early age, mastering a vocabulary of symbols developed by Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh at her research facility. Over a period of 30 years, Kanzi has had many complex conversations with Sue that reveal his emotions and his ability to empathize with others. When I spent time with him, I was struck by his social intelligence. He was totally tuned in to the intentions and emotions of people around him, including me. Along with common chimpanzees, bonobos are our nearest of kin, but we have not exactly treated them like family. In the wild, bonobos, also known as pygmy chimps, only occur in a remote part of the Congo Basin, where they are threatened by civil unrest and the bushmeat trade.