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Indonesia | Plunging orangutan numbers in Borneo alarm scientists, but stability in PAs gives hope

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists said on Thursday.


The researchers calculated a population decrease of about 148,500 during that 16-year period and projected another drop of 45,000 by 2050, painting a bleak picture for the future of these shaggy reddish tree dwellers that are among the world’s most imperiled great apes.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-orangutans/startling-orangutan-population-decline-recorded-in-borneo-idUSKCN1FZ2SD

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