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Sumatran Orangutans Dying As Fires Burn Today after several weeks of legal wrangling to save an area of rainforest in Sumatra from burning the government there have refused to make a ruling on the case. Over the last week a man made firestorm has swept through a huge area of the remaining peat swamp forests of Tripa, devastating critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans to the very brink of extinction, possibly within months.
Sumatran Orangutan. Of the 9 existing populations of Sumatran orangutans, only 7 have prospects of long-term viability, each with an estimated 250 or more individuals. Only 3 populations contain more than 1,000 orangutans. Orangutans that were confiscated from the illegal trade or as pets are being reintroduced to Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. They number around 70 and are reproducing. via bioexpedition.com
WEBSTA @ natgeo - Images by @joelsartore | A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan named Suzie at the @GladysPorterZoo. (Swipe for more)Female Sumatran orangutans never leave the trees of the forest and males touch the ground very rarely. There are only nine populations of Sumatran orangutans left, and only seven of those have optimistic prospects of long-term viability. Despite legal protection in Indonesia, Sumatran orangutans are still taken from the wild to be kept as pets