Conservation in the Developing World

I have found a correspondence to an entry to the Journal Science. The writer tells us that in the developing world, the popularity towards wanting to save the animals is a rare feeling, when they themselves are trying to make their lives better. Interestingly, in Indonesia, locals wonder why they don’t get the help Orang…

Orang Utans and Palm Oil.

Palm Oil is one of the most lucrative cash crops of recent time ( Nantha, H. S and Tisdell, C. 2009). Therefore from an economic point of view, there is a large opportunity cost between Orang Utan Conservation and Palm Oil farming. Opportunity cost is basically the cost (profit) sacrificed when a choice is made…

Drones helping save the Bornean Rainforest?

A researcher who lives in Borneo, Irendra Radjawali has starting building his own drones to keep track of the forest and make sure mining companies are not damaging the wildlife outside their allotted zone. Starting by himself and now having the backing of several large NGO’s (non government organisations) he is getting 15000 euros a…

Are Social Orang Utans more intelligent then solitary ones?

The Cultural Intelligence Hypotheses states that social learning encourages individual learning which encourages individual intelligence. So if an animal learns certain things from other individuals in its group, it will find it easier to pick up new skills individually aswell. Swiss researchers have put this to the test buy pitting Sumatran Orang Utans against Bornean…

How can we stop the demise of the Bornean Orang-Utan?

The Orang Utan was recently declared as critically endangered, 1 step away from extinct in the wild. Even though Orang Utans live on the 3rd largest island in the world and are our one of our closest relatives, they suffer dearly from deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade. This interesting article highlights the issue of deforestation…

Species Profile

Hey Guys, I’m planning on producing a Species Profile for the Orang Utan Pongo pygmaeus as part of my ‘Contemporary Issues in Conservation’ Module. I’ll be looking for interesting reports and articles on the state of the Orang Utan population as a whole and in certain areas. I aim to find a new paper or…