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 New orangutan species found
 Posted: Nov 3 2017, 08:36 AM

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Going ape: new orangutan species found
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Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy, reddish tree dwellers.

Researchers say these orangutans boast genetic, skeletal and tooth differences from the two other species of orangutan, meriting recognition as a unique third species. That would bring to seven the number of great ape species worldwide aside from people, alongside Africa's eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.

Scientists are worried about the future of the newly identified species, one of humankind's closest relatives. They have labelled the species the Tapanuli orangutan, with the scientific name Pongo tapanuliensis.

"There are no more than 800 individuals remaining across three fragmented forest areas," said conservation biologist Matthew Nowak of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.

In addition to threats like hunting by humans, Nowak said, "Significant areas of the Tapanuli orangutan's range are seriously threatened by habitat conversion for small-scale agriculture, mining exploration and exploitation, a large-scale hydroelectric scheme, geothermal development and agricultural plantations."

Orangutan means "person of the forest" in the Indonesian and Malay languages, and it is the world's biggest arboreal mammal. Orangutans are adapted to living in trees, with their arms longer than their legs. They live more solitary lives than other great apes, sleeping and eating fruit in the forest canopy and swinging from branch to branch.

"It's pretty exciting to be able to describe a new great ape species in this day and age," said University of Zurich evolutionary geneticist Michael Krutzen, adding that most great apes species are listed as endangered or critically endangered.

"We must do everything possible to protect the habitats in which these magnificent animals occur, not only because of them, but also because of all the other animal and plant species that we can protect at the same time."

Orangutans long were considered a single species, but were recognised as having two species in 1996, one in Sumatra and one in Borneo.

They are probably thriving because the so called scientists haven't interfered with them yet..

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 Posted: Nov 3 2017, 09:43 AM


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They will be "managed" by "experts", and yes Flin ,probably they will die out from Management". We have quendas here living in a 50 mtr strip of scrub between the road and the beach. One of our local greenie types found out about them and wanted to fence them off from people etc, so that they would be "saved". I grabbed him and pointed out that they chose to live there because it suited them and asked if he had ever seen a dead one or heard about them before he noticed their tracks. It took me ages to convince him not to shout it from the treetops and to leave them alone.
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