This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the endangered orangutan - a close relative of humans that is gravely threatened by palm oil production.
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the endangered orangutan—a close relative of humans that is gravely threatened by palm oil production.
Habitat: Indonesia and Malaysia
Why they’re threatened
Current events are putting the remaining orangutan population in grave danger, and believe it or not, palm oil may be the culprit—irresponsibly managed palm oil firms, to be exact.
According to news sources, massive forest fires and land clearing by palm oil companies could kill 200 orangutans in one Indonesian forest. Because of this, it is hypothesized that these Sumatran orangutans could perish within weeks.
Palm oil is used for everything from cooking to soap production and biofuel, and according to an organization called Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia, forests are being cleared at the rate of 300 football fields per hour for these palm oil plantations.
What you can do
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