”Chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.”
Orangotango macho com discos faciais
To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, every year! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.
Orangutans are only found in two places in the world, Sumatra and Borneo, and the two species of the orangutan who live there used to be considered a single species. Further research has revealed that these are actually two separate species who first diverged about 400,000 years ago.
Orangutan female and her kid
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Orangutans have immense arm spans, ranging nearly 7 feet from tip to tip, remarkable when you consider that they only stand approximately 5’ above the ground. On the rare occasion that Orangutans actually stand upright, their hands nearly brush the ground.
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these.