Great ape observatory

Protecting humans closest relatives

Researchers equip an orangutan with a tag.

Humans closest animal relatives are highly endangered in the wild. Only where we study them continuously do they reproduce and live well. At the same time, thousands of orphaned or rehabilitated great apes are waiting to be released back into the wild. However, first they need to be properly protected by wearable tags.

Icarus plans to optimize wearable communication anklets for great apes to enable them to call for help. Ethical considerations are centerpiece in this effort.

Animals: Orangutans

Location: South-East Asia

Contact: Meg Crofoot, Max Planck Institut of Animal Behavior, Konstanz/Germany

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