A new study shows that half of the orangutan population in Borneo has been killed in just 15 years -- and deforestation by reckless palm oil producers is one of the main causes.
Orangutans are one of our closest ape relatives. They share 97% of our DNA, have a sharp intellect, and develop their own unique cultures. And the three remaining species of orangutan are all critically endangered due to human activity.
If we don’t act now to stop the palm oil industry’s rampant large scale deforestation in Borneo, the island’s orangutan population will disappear entirely. Help up step up our palm oil efforts with a donation today?
Borneo has been losing 305,000 hectares per year of rainforest due to logging, palm oil harvesting, and paper pulping. And that deforestation, combined with rampant hunting, has meant a loss of nearly 150,000 orangutans in just a 15 year period.
Now there are as few as just 70,000 of these precious primates left.
The Sumatran populations of orangutan have suffered even further. There are fewer than 15,000 Sumatran orangutans left -- and just 800 of the Tapanuli species.
The only way to save the orangutan is to protect its remaining habitat—and that means standing up to the corporations that are destroying the Indonesian Rainforest. SumOfUs is fighting for responsibly sourced palm oil, an end to deforestation, and accountability for the corporations decimating the orangutan’s natural habitat.
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