Orangutan

Orangutan Habitat May Be Gone in 15 Years, UN Report Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2007   View Article

Orangutans may lose nearly all their tropical forest habitat within 15 years unless urgent action is taken now to end rampant illegal logging, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warned in a report yesterday.

About 60,000 orangutans—which are native to the Southeast Asian islands of Sumatra and Borneo—remain in the wild, conservationists believe.

Orangutans Displaced, Killed by Indonesian Forest Fires

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 17, 2006   View Article

Intentionally lit forest fires on the island of Borneo are killing Southeast Asia’s endangered orangutans, conservationists warn.

The fires are lit annually to clear land for oil palm plantations and agricultural fields. Many of the blazes quickly rage out of control.

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