Archive for May, 2024

Rakus, wounded orangutan.

Injured orangutan displays unique behaviour

An international research team has observed an orangutan treating a facial wound with healing leaves. A behaviour that has never before been recorded among animals. The researchers believe that the ability to use medicinal plants may come from a common ancestor of humans and great apes. Rakus had an open […]

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Forest school at Nyaru Menteng.

The animal keeper who was showered with hugs

Orangutans’ behaviour suggests that they experience complex emotions. This area is not so easy to research but a lot of behavioural observations reveal that orangutans can show empathy and understand the feelings of others. There are also concrete examples of this from the rehabilitation centre Nyaru Menteng. One of the […]

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