Orangutan Slash & Burn

Economic crisis and human abuse of the forest has pushed the existence of the Orangutan closer to the brink than ever. They have lost no less than 80% of their habitat over the past 20 years through slash and burn methods to clear land for large Palm Oil plantations and logging.

The illegal pet trade also thrives, as many poachers kidnap baby Orangutans (killing the mother to do so) and sell to people for their entertainment and amusement. However, the babies do not stay cute for long and soon become too large and uncontrollable to stay domesticated. At this point the people will either kill them, cage them in awful conditions, or release them. Even if back in the wild, these Orangutan’s have learnt no skills to fend for themselves or forage for food, and soon end up dead.

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