Orangutans (World Life Library)

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Orangutans are one of mankind s closest relatives even their name translates from the Malay words meaning People of the Forest . They have a special reputation for patience and persistence, and are notoriously clever when faced with a challenge. Orangutans are the world's largest tree-living mammal, and spend most of their time high in the rain forest canopies of Sumatra and Borneo. However, the days of the wild orangutans are numbered. Logging, agriculture and hunting pose critical threats to their survival. At the current rate of habitat destruction, wild orangutans could be lost within one generation, which would make them the first great ape to become extinct in recorded history. Orangutans are sentient individuals who deserve far better treatment than our species currently provides for them. Urgent action is required to ensure they continue to survive.

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A natural history of orangutans by one of the world’s foremost researchers on the species, this book provides an introduction that is at once engagingly accessible and in-depth. Here readers will encounter orangutans, the only great apes in Asia, in their ever-shrinking habitat, the rain forests of Sumatra, Indonesia, and Borneo. The book delves into their history, their habits, their endangered status, and what studies--many conducted by the author himself--have told us about how orangutans learn, think, and feel.

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For more than 20 years, Dr. Rob Shumaker has dedicated his life to the study of orangutans. He is currently Lead Scientist and Director of Orangutan Research at the Great Ape Trust, a research center dedicated to providing sanctuary and an honorable life for great apes, studying the intelligence of great apes, advancing conservation of great apes and providing unique educational experiences about great apes. Dr Shumaker is also the former co-ordinator of the Orangutan Language Project at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the former Director of Behavioral Cognitive Research at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. A member of the scientific advisory board of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) - Indonesia and BOS-USA and a popular lecturer, he is the author of the Smithsonian publication: Primates in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book.  Dr. Rob Shumaker lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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