Photo by @FransLanting
They need protection! Sunday August 19 was #internationalorangutanday
it really saddens me to know the amount of animals falling victim to the human-wildlife conflict.
Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat (due to logging and forest fires, as well as fragmentation by roads. A major factor in that period of time has been the conversion of vast areas of tropical forest to palm oil plantations in response to international demand. Palm oil is used for cooking, cosmetics, mechanics, and biodiesel) Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years according to a recent study. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our relatives on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime.
Please be mindful, check ingredients, we can all make a difference, say no to palm oil, donate and support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans.
#Endangered #Orangutan #Borneo #orangutanalliance #WorldOrangutanDay #internationalorangutanday #wildlife
@international_animal_rescue @orangutan_cop @theorangutanproject @orangutanssos @savetheorangutan_org