Orangutans are disappearing at an alarming rate

August 26, 2019

Orangutans are disappearing at an alarming rate. A recent study has shown that numbers of this critically endangered species in Borneo have decreased by a shocking 50% in the last 16 years, with only 70,000 – 100,000 orangutans remaining in the wild. At that rate, in 16 more years they will be gone forever. Around 70% of the losses were attributed to hunting, with habitat loss from deforestation and logging also threatening their existence. In the last 30 years orangutans have lost 80% of their habitat. To stop this decline we must protect forests and stop the hunting within them. Supporting organisations focusing on conservation of this species (such as @wwf @theorangutanproject @orangappealuk), avoiding products that contain palm oil or joining a volunteer program are some ways you can help support these magnificent creatures.