Positional behavior of captive bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) at Bukit Merah Orangutan Island, Perak, Malaysia

Siti Norsyuhada Kamaluddin, Sabapathy Dharmalingam, Badrul Munir Md. Zain

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Bukit Merah Orangutan Island (BMOUI) is the only semi-captive orangutan conservation center in the Malay Peninsula. BMOUI promotes orangutan conservation through ex-situ efforts comprising rehabilitation, education, awareness, ecotourism, and research studies. This research aimed to determine the qualitative behavior aspects, especially focusing on the orangutan positional behavior on BMOUI. A focal instantaneous sampling method was carried out for 252 hours from December 2015 to November 2016. The qualitative results showed that the positional behaviors of a Bornean orangutan at BMOUI were divided into nine main categories, as follows: sitting, lying, clinging, forelimb-hindlimb suspension, standing, walking, running, brachiation, and multipositional modes. The most favorable position shown by a captive Bornean orangutan on BMOUI were dominated by sitting and lying postures. The variety of positional modes displayed in a semi-captive condition still maintained Bornean orangutan as the great ape originating from the tropical inhabitants of wooded environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages5
JournalBiodiversitas
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Bornean orangutan
  • Pongo pygmaeus
  • Positional behavior

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science

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Positional behavior of captive bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) at Bukit Merah Orangutan Island, Perak, Malaysia. / Kamaluddin, Siti Norsyuhada; Dharmalingam, Sabapathy; Md. Zain, Badrul Munir.

In: Biodiversitas, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.01.2019, p. 425-429.

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