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‘Jane Goodall’ Documentary On ‘National Geographic’ Tonight.

by Anura Guruge




I had read in the printed “National Geographic” magazine (to which we subscribe without fail) that they were going to be doing a new documentary series on Jane and her chimpanzees. I am not sure whether this is it.

I haven’t watched anything on the ‘NatG‘ channel in months, so had not seen any promos.

Happened to hear an ad for it on a local radio station this afternoon while driving to Walmart. Checked the schedule when we got back. It was on sure enough. Same episode repeated, back-to-back, at 8pm and 9pm (Eastern). I recorded the 8pm.

I cannot find when this episode or any other will be shown again. But, I promise to look.

I will keep you posted. I wanted to give you a heads up — though I know it is late. Sorry.


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by Anura Guruge

Normal Body Temperature Of An Orangutan.

by Anura Guruge



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Picture taken by I, in May 2015, at the Philadelphia Zoo.


It is indeed hard to imagine, but there are still ‘answers’ (to relatively simple queries) that you just cannot find on the Internet! Yes, it is quite incredible.

I ran into one yesterday. I thought it would be a piece of cake.

I just wanted to know the normal body temperature of an orangutan.

A pretty simple and straightforward query.

I just could NOT find it. I spent at least 40 minutes and I Google fast and intensely.

Finding that of chimpanzees was trivial. Gorillas‘ was slightly harder but could be located. NOT SO for orangutans.

I, however, lucked out.

I searched Facebook for ‘orangutans’ and found the “Orangutan Species Survival Plan” (SSP). I sent them a message.

I had an answer (above) within 4 hours — from somebody who actually takes ear temperatures of orangutans. I was very grateful and in awe.

Why did I need this information.

Of course for a book I am writing.

I just needed to comment on how the body temperatures of the Great Apes, which includes us, stack up. Do we all have the same body temperature?

I deduced one thing — quite fast. Taking body temperatures of adult gorillas is probably not something that you want to do regularly.

Now with this post I have hopefully PLUGGED another hole that existed in the Internet!


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by Anura Guruge