Their name means “people of the forest.”
They can live for more than 50 years
and are the slowest–reproducing mammals in the world.
Orangutans live only on Borneo and Sumatra.
they rely on the forest for their survival
two of the world’s most heavily logged islands
where the demand for lumber products
and the cultivation of palm oil plantations
is rapidly destroying the orangutan’s home.
On Sumatra, 80% have been lost in the last 60 years.
Sumatran orangutans may become the first great ape to go extinct.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Support sustainable logging practices by buying FSC-certified paper products and furniture. Avoid products containing palm oil, which primarily comes from deforested regions in the orangutan’s habitat. Support the work of conservation groups protecting the orangutan.
For more information visit Orangutan.org
© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Video: National Geographic
Source: IUCN, WWF