An orangutan faced off with a bulldozer in the Sungai Putri forest in Indonesia at one of the last habitats in the world for the animals. A video, captured by an observer, showed the heartbreaking confrontation as the orangutan tried to fight off the machine as it destroyed a tree. The animal barely swung to safety as the machine’s claw bored down.
According to the International Animal Rescue program director Llano Sanchez, Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and without forests like this the Bornean orangutans will most likely become extinct.
“Habitat destruction forces orangutans to enter neighboring plantations and farms looking for food, and this frequently leads to conflict with humans,” Sanchez stated.
Between 1999 to 2016, more than 100,000 Bornean orangutans have been killed. They are now listed as an endangered species with only 1,000 living in the Sungai. Although the Indonesian government states the animals are protected, more illegal logging areas have been operating in the cover of the night.
In a study in Current Biology, the orangutans decline have been the steepest in areas that were deforested or transformed for industrial agriculture (often oil palm or paper pulp plantations). Forests must be protected; some communities and one oil palm plantation has stepped up to protect the animals. Still we must do more.
This orangutan was rescued. Others have not been as fortunate.
Check out the video:
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAYThis dramatic footage shows the devastating impact deforestation is having on precious orangutan habitat. This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him. Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety. Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed and orangutans are left to starve and die.We need to ACT NOW. This World Environment Day, plant a tree and help us rebuild and protect precious orangutan habitat. The situation is critical, and we are running out of time. PLANT A TREE TODAY: https://internationalanimalrescue.org/plant-tree?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=World_Environment_Day_2018&utm_content=videoPlease share this post far and wide. Thank you.
Posted by International Animal Rescue on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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