Posts Tagged ‘Orangutans’

Wild animals use rope bridge to safety

June 9, 2008

A 70-metre rope bridge strung across a busy highway in Victoria is helping locals cross over safely – only the locals in this case are wild animals.

Yes, researchers have reported that endangered local species have indeed started using what has been dubbed the world’s first “wildlife rope-bridge”, thus avoiding accidents that were killing and maiming many.

“We have early proof that our native animals are regularly crossing the rope bridge over the Hume Highway near Benalla and many other animals are investigating the bridge,” said Rodney van der Ree of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (Arcue).

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Manila zoo orders therapy for stressed-out animals

April 17, 2008

Sisi slowly browses through the yellow pages, looking not for a phone number but for peanuts and sunflower seeds hidden in the directory.

Mali plays with a block of ice containing apples and oranges, crushing it with her feet to get at the fruit.

Sisi, a 23-year-old orangutan, and Mali, a 33-year-old elephant, are two of a number of mammals and birds undergoing behavioral therapy at Manila Zoo as part of a program to combat the stress and boredom of living in captivity.

The program is Manila’s answer to criticism that conditions at its 49-year-old zoo, among the oldest in Asia, are dismal — so dismal that other zoos refuse to send their animals there.

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55-Year-Old Orangutan Dies in Miami Zoo

December 31, 2007


A 55-year-old Sumatran orangutan, believed to be the world’s oldest, has died at the Miami zoo.

Nonja, who was born on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and lived in Miami since 1983, was found dead Saturday morning.

“Everybody’s very sad, especially with an animal like an orangutan,” said Ron Magill, spokesman for the Miami Metro Zoo. “You see a lot of yourself in these animals. The great apes are our closest relatives.”

A necropsy showed that Nonja suffered a brain hemorrhage that made her pass out and vomit. She choked on her vomit, Magill said.

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