Anon. (2009, April 15). Illegal Trade Wiping Out Indonesia's Sumatran Orangutans. Environmental News Service [online]. Available http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2009/2009-04-15-01.asp [2009, April 28]
orangutan ; indonesia ; sumatran orangutan ; pet orabgutan ; orangutan trade ; exotic pet ; captive ape ; illegal pet trade
A lack of adequate law enforcement against the illegal trade in Indonesian apes threatens the survival of orangutans and gibbons on the island of Sumatra, finds a new study released today by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
Numbers of these primates continue to decline in the wild, and TRAFFIC estimates that just 7,300 critically endangered Sumatran orangutans now survive.
Orangutans, which can weigh up to 90 kilograms (198 pounds) and reach 1.5 meters (5 feet) in length, end up in rehabilitation centers after they become too old and big to be kept as pets.
Under Indonesia's national legislation, penalties for illegally possessing orangutans include a fine of up to IDR100,000.000 (US$9000) and imprisonment for up to five years.
But owners of the big reddish-brown apes do not face any legal consequences TRAFFIC found in its first study of the Indonesian ape trade.
An estimated 2,000 orangutans have been confiscated or turned in by private owners in ...