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Picture of a male Sumatran orangutan. A male Sumatran orangutan challenges a rival by baring his teeth and shaking branches. Now recognized as a distinct species, Sumatran orangutans number around 14,000 in the wild.

Picture of a male Sumatran orangutan. A male Sumatran orangutan challenges a rival by baring his teeth and shaking branches. Now recognized as a distinct species, Sumatran orangutans number around 14,000 in the wild.

The Sumatran orangutan faces total extinction due to deforestation and the illegal pet trade, which show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection for these animals.

The Sumatran orangutan faces total extinction due to deforestation and the illegal pet trade, which show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection for these animals.

A rescued baby Sumatran orangutan named Gokong Puntung is pictured learning to climb tree branches at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia.

A rescued baby Sumatran orangutan named Gokong Puntung is pictured learning to climb tree branches at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia.

St. Louis Zoo's 45-year-old Sumatran orangutan, Merah, with new baby Ginger, born Dec. 2014. (Photo by Jane Padfield.)

St. Louis Zoo's 45-year-old Sumatran orangutan, Merah, with new baby Ginger, born Dec. 2014. (Photo by Jane Padfield.)

A beautiful male Sumatran Orangutan, named Ombak, was born at Zoo Basel on March 4 to first-time mom, Kila. More at ZooBorns.com #zoobasel #baselzoo #sumatranorangutan #orangutan #ombak #criticallyendangered #handsomeginger

A beautiful male Sumatran Orangutan, named Ombak, was born at Zoo Basel on March 4 to first-time mom, Kila. More at ZooBorns.com #zoobasel #baselzoo #sumatranorangutan #orangutan #ombak #criticallyendangered #handsomeginger

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 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.

A male Sumatran orangutan crosses a fallen tree, Indonesia. The Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered, with less than 15,000 alive in the wild.

A male Sumatran orangutan crosses a fallen tree, Indonesia. The Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered, with less than 15,000 alive in the wild.

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