Orangutans and palm oil

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.



The plight of the orangutan – in pictures

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


Meet the orangutans: a guide to three species and how they’re in danger

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


Aping each other: how similar are humans and orangutans?

From umbrella-making to learning how to self-medicate, we share plenty of skills with our fellow great apes


Palm oil and orangutans. Learn about the impact of palm oil on orangutans.

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.


Orangutans and palm oil: seven facts that explain the issues

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


Palm oil: Are your beauty products killing orangutans?

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.


Nearly 150,000 Orangutans Lost to Logging, Palm Oil, and Human Conflict | National Geographic


Newly released footage shows heart-breaking impact of deforestation on orangutans


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World Orangutan Day: palm oil awareness still key, activists say – video

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Heartbreaking moment orphaned orangutan is rescued from palm oil plantation (video)