The Orangutans

One of the fact that is really striking about the orangutans is that they share 96.4% of their DNA with us. Yet, we are driving them to extinction, destroying their habitat and killing them in numbers. Why? Because the forest in which they live is commercially useless. And so legal and not so legal companies destroy the rainforest to plant a pretty and productive crop such as the oil palm. The photo above, the lush, green landscape shows palm oil plantations as far as the eye can see. It is Northern Borneo, on the road from Sandakan to Semporna. The forest is no longer.

2000 - orangutan population estimated at 27,000

2011 - orangutan population estimated at 15,000

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Images of the orangutans kindly provided by Orangutan Appeal UK