Within the last decade alone, orang-utan numbers have fallen by between 30 and 50%.
There are two species of orang-utan – the Bornean and the Sumatran. Orang-utans used to roam as far north as southern China, and as far south as the Indonesian island of Java. Today they’re only found on two islands – Sumatra and Borneo.
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Illegal pet trade
Young orang-utans up to the age of seven are sought after for the illegal pet trade.
A large number of wild orang-utans live outside of protected areas. Over the past 20 years, more than 80% of the orang-utan’s habitat in Borneo and Sumatra has been lost to agricultural conversion
Peat swamp forests that are home to high densities of orang-utans are often targeted for oil palm plantations.
Road development, illegal timber harvesting and unsustainable logging, mining and human encroachment also result in habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.
We’re working with Borneo’s governments to conserve an area of forest known as the Heart of Borneo, through a network of protected and sustainably-managed areas where hunting and illegal logging are prohibited.
We’re also working to identify and restore wildlife corridors between protected areas. This will reconnect previously fragmented orang-utan habitat so there will be large blocks of interconnected forests.
Your adoption and support will help us:
- achieve pan-governmental agreement to conserve the Heart of Borneo
- create and extend protected areas of rainforest
- enforce existing restrictions on the trade in live orang-utans and products such as palm oil
- promote sustainable use of natural resources
- enable local communities to manage protected areas
- fund our other essential work around the world