Russon is a Professor of Psychology
at Glendon College, York
University, Toronto, Canada.
Since 1989, she has been studying
intelligence and learning in ex-captive Bornean orangutans rehabilitated
released to free forest life. Studies have been affiliated with orangutan
projects in Tanjung Puting National
Park, Central Indonesian Borneo, and Orangutan Reintroduction Projects in East and Central Indonesian Borneo.
She has published numerous research and popular articles on orangutan
intelligence, scholarly and popular
books on great ape intelligence. She
has contributed to several documentaries on orangutans as scientific
She serves on advisory boards for several orangutan
support organizations (Alchemy Films, Borneo Orangutan
Foundation–Indonesia, the Orangutan Conservancy, Orangutan Network) and
is the Executive Director
of the Borneo Orangutan Society ofCanada.
Anne Russon's popular book, Orangutans: Wizards of the Rainforest
water innovations. New Scientist photo gallery on
orangutan swimming, fishing, etc. (Mar. 19, 2010)
Even orangutans love a dog.
Geographic video item, friendship knows no (species) bounds.....
chimps: ABC news video item, chimps outclass humans in the
Saving Sumatran orangutans: see this CNN news item on
rehabilitation, from Nov. 22, 2009
All issues of the
IUCN Primate Specialist Group newsletters and
Primate Conservation have
been uploaded to
the PSG website and are now available for
Click here for free open access.
Reintroduksi Kera Besar, 2007.
Click here to down load pdf
New evidence, unreported orangutan
Sankulirang orangutans (The Guardian, Apr 13)
to Conservation. American Zoos: Inside Out
click "listen" on the left menu to hear the whole documentary
The Whistling Orangutan
Orangutans: Geographical Variation
in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation.
Wich SA, Utami Atmoko SS, Mitra Setia T & van Schaik CP
New York: Oxford
* Synthesis of
orangutan biology from all existing study sites, adopting a novel
* Analysis and
comparison of the latest data, developing a theoretical framework to
explain demographic and
* Emphasis of the
crucial impact of human settlement on orangutans and the future prospects
for the survival
of natural populations.
* Contribution of
top names in the field.
All known orangutan foods,
compiled from 15
long-term research sites in Sumatra and Borneo
Orangutans Compared, a lecture by Dr.
Serge Wich, presented by BOS Canada, Oct 28, 2008
(watch on youtube)
Recent genetic and morphological work
suggests orangutans are not one species but two, with at least three
subspecies: Pongo abelii
on Sumatra and Pongo pygmaeus on Borneo with three subspecies -
P.p. wurmbii, and P.p. morio. Genetic data indicate that the two species diverged over 1,000,000
years ago and the three Bornean subspecies
over 860,000 years ago.
Possibly because of differences in fruit
availability on the two
islands, the two species (and perhaps the subspecies) show several differences in
behavior and development.
ranging. from density, to diet, interbirth intervals and culture. I will provide an
overview of these differences and attempt to provide a framework in
which to understand them. I will also
discuss the conservation implications of these differences.
Dr. Wich has been studying orangutans in
Sumatra since 1995 and in Borneo since 2003. Recently, he has
studying orangutan cultures in two populations, one on Sumatra and one
on Borneo, editing an
important book on orangutan differences across
Borneo and Sumatra, and developing a new site to study the
orangutan population in Sumatra. He is a research scientist at the Great
Ape Trust of Iowa.
Suhud, M. & Saleh, C. (2007).
Dampak Perubahan Iklim Terhadap Habitat Orangutan,
important report on the impact of climate change on
orangutan habitat. See also
Government of Indonesia (2007).
Orangutan Action Plan
2007-2017 (in Indonesian)
this out. A communication forum for human-wildlife conflict issues
innovative approaches to resolving conflicts, exchange of information
between field projects, and a network among
experts, managers,institutions and the
people affected. See also firstname.lastname@example.org.
by: Anne Russon
updated: April 25, 2008