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Orangutans: Geographic Variation in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation

Serge A. Wich, S Suci Utami Atmoko, Tatang Mitra Setia, and Carel P. van Schaik


This book describes one of our closest relatives, the orangutan, and the only extant great ape in Asia. It is increasingly clear that orangutan populations show extensive variation in behavioral ecology, morphology, life history, and genes. Indeed, on the strength of the latest genetic and morphological evidence, it has been proposed that orangutans actually constitute two species which diverged more than a million years ago — one on the island of Sumatra the other on Borneo, with the latter comprising three subspecies. This book has two main aims. The first is to carefully compare data from e ... More

Keywords: orangutan populations, behavioral ecology, morphology, life history, genes, Sumatra, Borneo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serge A. Wich, editor
Great Ape Trust of Iowa, USA, and University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

S Suci Utami Atmoko, editor
Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia

Tatang Mitra Setia, editor
Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia


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