The plight of the orangutan in Indonesia has reached a critical stage, with the survival of the species under serious threat. Animals are suffering and dying because of the systematic destruction of the rainforest, primarily for palm oil production, particularly in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.
Orangutans, our fellow great apes, are being pushed to the edge of extinction as oil palm producers clear the rainforest. Here are eleven arresting images that photographers have captured – documenting conservation projects, deforestation and rare species that are struggling for their survival
Orangutans are beautiful animals, but there isn’t just one type of orangutan, there are three species – and the continued deforestation of their rainforest habitats in Indonesia has put them all in peril
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Environmentally-sensitive land use planning, increasing yields on existing plantations, and environmentally and socially responsible investment and purchasing, are all crucial to break the link between palm oil and deforestation, and save the Sumatran orangutan from extinction.
From ice-cream to shampoo, palm oil is present in a multitude of consumer products. But palm oil cultivation in south-east Asia is clearing forests and contributing to the decline of orangutans. Here are the key points
Does your lipstick threaten the future of one of our closest living relatives, the orangutan? Pizza, biscuits, and beauty treatments are some of the thousands of products that contain palm oil, which threaten iconic species through deforestation.
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