Why Orangutans ?In the midst of lush rainforests on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia, orangutans live side by side with elephants, rhinos and tigers – the last place on Earth where these animals roam. Orangutans, the only great apes in Asia, are among the many species considered ironic by man-made threats in this rainforest.
These great apes take up much of their time in the rainforest canopy, where they eat fruits like durian, bamboo with large leaves, and relax in leaf nests and branches at the end of the day. They are relatively quiet creatures, taking care of their own affairs. The occasional provision of a baby or a long-time call from an adult male, you will not notice seeing them. A century ago, there were more than 230,000 orangutans living throughout Southeast Asia. Currently, the number has dramatically dropped to around 41,000 Bornean orangutans and about 7,500 Sumatran orangutans in the wild.
Human action brings this animal to extinction. Their homes are sawn and burned to make room for agricultural plantations such as for oil palm expansion, mining, and infrastructure. Human logs – both legally and illegally – to gain short-term profits in the pulp and paper industry, which can lead to deforestation if not managed sustainably.
Orangutans are also targeted in the wildlife trade. An estimated 1,019 orangutans were documented as illegal trade prisoners in the past seven years. Great ape-like apes have long been as great as gifts in Egyptian hieroglyphs. The demand for them continues to spur when people search for them for wealth status.
Indigenous people of Borneo and migrant workers, who come to plantation forests, are sometimes full and orangutans. These people may not have the advantage of not eating bush meat.
Orangutans are also regarded as agricultural pests when they plunge into plantation crops. This happens when animals can not find food in the forest and are killed in retaliation.
You can help protect orangutans and conserve the rainforests they live in. We, we are one of our closest relatives, share 96.4% of our DNA.
Here’s how to help orangutans:
Join the cause. There are many organizations that help orangutans and their habitats. Improve orangutan orphanage at Orangutan Foundation International. Buy a 96.4% “Orangutan” t-shirt printed on the Orangutan Society of Sumatra. Or symbolically see the orangutan family at World Wildlife Fund.
Buy FSC certified products. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified label on wood and paper products. This is guaranteed the product you buy comes from sustainable forest.
Say no to Paseo & Livi paper products. World Wildlife Fund finds Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), which is responsible for more deforestation from other companies in Sumatra.
Avoiding Products containing palm oil. Oil palm plantations are a major source of deforestation, causing orangutans to lose their homes. Avoiding products with palm oil can help protect orangutans, other wildlife, and rainforests.
Become an activist. Start your own fundraising. Call a government official Make your voice heard with the defense guidebook of the Wildlife Defender.Greening. Recycle and buy recycled products. Measure your carbon footprint and some ways to preserve our planet.
Spread the Word. With your new knowledge, refresh your awareness of the issues being orangutans and rainforests. Orangutans need you. (onegreenplanet)