Siamang Head Stand Agile siamangs and orangutans share habitat in the wild, and get along beautifully at the Zoo too.
Starving orangutans are being rescued from a forest after bulldozers destroyed their home. Among those saved from the brink of death were a pregnant female and a mother and baby who refused to let go of each other during the horrific ordeal. The orangutans were found clinging to the last few remaining trees when the Indonesian forest they were living in was bulldozed to make way for an palm oil plantation.
Here are some links for organizations that rescue orangutans or preserve lands for orangutans:
Picture: Caters News Agency (via Pictures of the day - Telegraph)
A six-month old Sumatran orangutan called Gokong Putung is treated by a vet at the quarantine centre run by the Sumatran Orangutan conservation programme in Batu Mbelin Deli Serdang, Indonesia. The male orangutan was rescued from a house near a palm plantation. Photograph: Dedi Sahputra/EPA
Orangután in Sumatra
The Auckland Zoo has information about palm oil & the destruction of wild habitats, a shopping guide, snack guide, & other stuff you can do to help.