Replanting Indonesian Forest to Save the Orangutan

As human populations encroach into wildlife habitats to meet their livelihood needs, competition for space and resources leads to increased levels of conflict between the two1 . Indonesia is losing massive amounts of forest cover per year2 , with virtually the entire rainforest habitat of orangutans exploited to some extent3. Forest cover on Sumatra was reduced by 48% from 1985-2007 due to logging, infrastructure projects, internal migration, and plantation development 4,5 . There are now less than 864,100 hectares of Sumatran orangutan habitat left, and the trajectory remains downward6. The Sumatran orangutan has experienced a drastic decline in population, with the most recent survey reflecting just  6,600 left in the wild, from an estimated 85,000 in 19006. With the expansion of... read more
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