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Orangutans and Their Habitats Threatened with Extinction – a Triple Glendon Connection to a TfO Interview


<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" /><span class="image_caption">Above: Orangutans live only in Borneo and Sumatra</span></p>
<p>The February 16th broadcast of TfO&rsquo;s French-language environmental program, <em>Chronique sur l&rsquo;environnement</em> [Environmental Chronicles] featured an interview with Glendon grad <a href="">Charles-Antoine Rouyer</a> (Glendon BA, Economics and Psychology 1990; York University MA in Environmental Studies 1998), a freelance environmental journalist and course director in Environmental and Health Studies at Glendon.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="128" height="159" /><span class="image_caption">Left: Charles-Antoine Rouyer</span></p>
<p>Orangutans are among the closest relatives to us, humans, sharing about 97% of our genes. Yet the forests which are their habitats in Borneo and Sumatra are quickly disappearing, as they are being clear-cut and replaced by the palm trees from which the ubiquitous palm oil is produced.</p>
<p>The new plantations are not suitable as homes for the orangutans, nor as replacements for the destroyed old forests, since these palm trees are more like shrubs&rdquo;, explains Rouyer, adding that the extracted palm oil, which is now in so many food and beauty products, is actually harmful to our health.</p>
<p><img style="float: right;" src="" alt="" width="124" height="135" /></p>
<p><span class="image_caption">Right: Anne Russon</span></p>
<p>In fact, Rouyer&rsquo;s interview and his journalistic work on this topic has an additional link to Glendon, beyond his own personal Glendon connection, because his research was partially based on the work of Glendon psychology <a href="">professor Anne Russon</a>, a specialist on orangutan intelligence.<br /><br />To view the entire interview (approximately 8 minutes), visit <a href="" target="_blank">Charles-Antoine Rouyer&rsquo;s website</a> and find the link at the bottom of the page.</p>
<p><em>Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny</em></p>

Published on February 24, 2011