Pardomuan, L. (2007, August 7). INTERVIEW - Aceh War Blessing in Disguise for Orangutans. Reuters. [Online]. Available: http://www.orangutanrepublik.org/ourei/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=9 [2007, August 7].
Orangutans; war; Indonesia; Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme; endangered; extinction; Sumatra; logging; Borneo, pet; trade
War in Indonesia's Aceh province has been a blessing in disguise for the orangutan, preventing logging firms and palm oil estates from entering one of the world's richest expanses of rainforest.
This has helped the critically endangered mammals flourish, at least for now.
"If the civil war hadn't happened and they all operate and clear the forest, we'll be dealing with a few hundred orangutans now," said Ian Singleton, scientific director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
"And if they clear these extra bits of forests here in the near future, then the same thing will happen again. All the orangutan will die. They don't sort of like pack their bags and move somewhere else. They stay and die," he told Reuters in North Sumatra's provincial capital, Medan.
The war in Aceh in on the tip of Sumatra had prevented logging concessions and palm oil estates, which had been granted permits during the 1990s, from operating around the so-called Leuser Ecosystem...