Hanging comfortably from a tree in the Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Borneo, this orangutan seems oblivious to the serious problem its species faces due to the severe deforestation that is destroying the forests he inhabits, mainly for the extraction of wood and the cultivation of oil palm. Plantations are completely replacing forests in Central Borneo, and this is happening more and more as the demand for palm oil increases from the most developed countries. It's the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet and half of all packaged products contain it, from baked goods, ice cream and instant noodles, to shampoo and lipstick. If you choose not to consume palm oil, there are many products without it in the supermarket, it is up to all of us to reduce this demand.
Illegal logging is also a major problem, occurring in 37 of 41 Indonesian national parks. Illegal loggers dig canals to transport the logs, that drain and dry out the peat soils dramatically increasing the risk of forest fires, making Indonesia the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases with 75% of its emissions as a result of deforestation.
To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set to help raise awareness of their plights and aid in protecting them.
If you care, please visit and support the organizations that work hard to protect orangutans, as @wildaid @world_wildlife @orangutan_foundation @orangutanfoundationintl @leonardodicapriofdn @theorangutanproject
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