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Bruised, tied up and caged: The desperate plight of starving orangutans forced into villages to look for food as their rainforest home is destroyed

STOP BUYING PALM OIL. Rain forests cover 60 per cent of Indonesia, but orangutans - which means man of the forest - have seen their habitat cut down at an alarming rate, often to fuel the need for space to grow palm oil crops. Many adult orangutans are killed by farmers in Indonesia and Borneo to prevent them eating crops as their natural food disappears, leaving helpless orphans to die in the wild.

Pictures of the day: 13 April 2012

Mother love... Sumatran orangutan Cahaya cuddles her six-day-old male baby Malou at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland Picture: EPA/ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA


One-year-old Sumatran orangutans Ishta and Bino peek out from the shelter of an older ape at the Singapore Zoo

Intimate Portraits That Capture Emotion on the Faces and Figures of Animals

Hundreds of orangutans killed in north Indonesian forest fires deliberately started by palm oil firms

Check your soap, check your shampoo, check everything. Do not give one more cent to the palm oil industry. They were bad enough before they started torching orangutans alive.


Surgery on blind orangutan allows her to see her baby twins for the first time (along with their father)

Gober's two babies Ginting and Ganteng are pictured with her at the center run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programm prior to her surgery for cateracts