30 July, 2007

The Orangutan

People of the forest: that's what indigenous Malaysians and Indonesians call Orangutans; in the past, the natives couldn't kill them because they believed that the apes were indeed humans. Indeed, these apes are very much like us humans:  they not only have the ability to reason and think, but this large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of the same DNA as humans. All the other great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, come from Africa, except the Orangutan. Mankind, as cruel and careless as we are, we keep them as pets; and through poaching and the destruction of these apes habitats, we are driving them to extinction in the wild.
More On Orangutans: Orangutan com, IUCN, Orangutan.org, Orangutan Facts, enchantedlearning.com, orangutan.flevoland.to

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