The Tapanuli orangutan is a sensation. Only 800 animals are still alive, hidden in the forests of Sumatra. Their habitat is threatened by a Chinese dam.
Only a few months ago, in November 2017, scientists found that the orangutan in Tapanuli is a separate species and not a subspecies of the Sumatran Otrang-Utan. They gave him the name Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). Genome analysis has shown that the Tapanuli orangutan split off from the Borneo orangutan line 670,000 years ago. Pongo tapanuliensis is the rarest orangutan species.
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Endangered brown bears rehomed at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Four endangered bears have been rehomed in Yorkshire after being transported more than 5,400 miles from Japan.
Riku, Kai, Hanako and Amu had been living in cramped conditions ( 3 x 3 metres on concrete only) at a museum on the island of Hokkaido.
All four are now settling in to their new home at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP), near Doncaster, after being flown from Tokyo to London.
Animal charity Wild Welfare said the bears will receive “rehabilitation, enrichment and lifelong care”.
Above – first time ever it has played in water or felt grass underfoot.