I’m enjoying these animals posts, so I figured I’d do another. Today, I thought I’d make a post about the orangutan. These are critically endangered for the following reasons:
- Deforestation, which is eliminating their habitat.
- Poaching, especially females with children. The children are kept as pets, so the illegal pet trade is a big problem.
Check out more on the orangutans at SAVE THE ORANGUTAN!
There are three species:
The Bornean Orangutan: Population is 104,700
The Sumatran Orangutan: Population is 13,846
The Tapanuli Orangutan: Population is 800
Clearly, these animals are in trouble and, again, it seems to be humans at fault. Orangutans give birth once every 3-5 years, which means it’s harder for their population to bounce back from devastation. Hopefully, something can be done. Now for a cute video of a baby orangutan
Here’s another cool one: