Study: Orangutan populations declining sharply
Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where they still live in the wild and they could become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken, a new study says.
The declines in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004 are mostly because of illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations. The survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004. Read more>>
- International Herald Tribune
- The Hindu