Oil palm development poses a threat to African apes

Although many people are aware of the impact of oil palm development on orang-utans there is much less awareness of its potential impact on African ape species. In a new paper we highlight the potential threat of large-scale industrial oil palm development on African great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos). It is published in Current Biology.

Oil palm development in Africa

A Statement from the Section on Great Apes (SGA) of the Primate Specialist Group

Oil palm development had a huge negative impact on biodiversity in SE Asia and some of its iconic species, like the orangutan. The SGA has written a position statement on this issue for Africa where bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas occur. Read more about this and download the statement here.

 

New paper on automatic object recoginition including orangutan nests from ConservationDrone photos

The ConservationDrones that Lian Pin and I have been flying in Sumatra have been taking a large number of photos of the forest in our search for orang-utan nests. Manually checking photos to find nests is a time-consuming task. By collaborating with a team from the ETH in Zurich we are now able to detect nests with the aid of object recognition. Check the current paper for more details.