Orangutan News: Indonesian Government Study Says 80% of Bornean Orangutans Live Outside Protected Areas

A Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

by Hans Nicholas Jong for Mongabay

Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government.

The study, called the 2016 Orangutan Population and Habitat Viability Assessment, was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Released last month, it is the third of its kind, with the last one done in 2004.

The study confirms that orangutan populations have plummeted as their forest habitats continue to be flattened by the expansion of industry. So too has an illegal pet trade taken its toll on remaining populations.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of Mongabay.com and can be read in its entirety here.

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