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Biruté Galdikas and the People of the Forest

  • László Erdős


Biruté Galdikas started her orang-utan research in 1971 in Borneo. She documented orang-utan diet, reproduction, social interactions, communication, and movement patterns. When orphaned orang-utan babies were brought to her, Galdikas could not refuse taking care of them. She taught them how to live in the wild and released them into the jungle. Her camp developed into a rehabilitation centre. In 1986 Galdikas created Orangutan Foundation International. The organisation rescues captive orang-utans, protects rainforest areas, raises awareness about the plight of the orang-utan, and supports the scientific study of orang-utans and other primates.


Orang-utan Borneo Palm oil Louis Leakey Orangutan Foundation International 

Worth Reading

  1. Galdikas, B. M. F. (1995). Reflections of Eden: My years with the orangutans of Borneo. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.Google Scholar
  2. Galdikas, B. M. F., & Briggs, N. (1999). Orangutan odyssey. New York: Harry N. Abrams.Google Scholar
  3. MacKinnon, J. (1975). In search of the red ape. New York: Ballantine Books.Google Scholar
  4. Montgomery, S. (2009). Walking with the great apes: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing.Google Scholar

Worth Browsing

Worth Watching

  1. Search for the Great Apes (1976)Google Scholar
  2. Orangutans: Grasping the Last Branch (1989)Google Scholar
  3. In the Wild: Orang Utans with Julia Roberts (1998)Google Scholar
  4. Born to be Wild (2001)Google Scholar
  5. The Last Trimate (2008)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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