ENDANGERED: The Orangutan
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The name 'Orangutan' orginates from the Malay word for 'person of the forest' and stands at around four to five feet. True to their name, they spend 90% of their time in trees, using them for shelter, play, and even sleep. It is not surpsrising that these animals have suffered so much from mass deforestation when you discover how integral trees are to their lives. Currently, deforestation is the 'primary threat to the orangutan'.
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According to the Scientific American, 'a 2007 assessment by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) predicts that orangutans will be virtually eliminated in the wild within two decades if current deforestation trends continue'. This is just another way in which our high demand and expectation for products is destroying the planet and the life that lives within it.
Orangutans are known for being intelligent and relatively solitary. However, mothers will stay with their babies for six to seven years before they attempt to live by themselves. One of the reasons that the species is suffering so heavily is due to the fact that females 'only give birth once every eight years'.
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According to The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), orangutans 'share 96.4% of our genes and are highly intelligent creatures'.
Another threat to the mammal is the pet trade. WWF claims that, 'there may be more (pet) orangutans per square-mile in Taipei, Taiwan than in the wild'. That is shocking...
Boycotting Palm Oil products is just one of the ways in which you can help to stop these atrocities. Companies are slowly moving towards using less palm oil, but such a gradual change is not enough. Deforestation needs to stop now.
Image Credit: feelphotoz on PixabayThe Orangutan Foundation is just one of the many charities working to 'sav[e] Orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communitites and promoting research and education'.
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Tragically, like many issues destroying the planet, it is clear that without a major change, soon the fate of the orangutan will be sealed. In the end it all comes down to money. Society must change before it's too late, and yet another genocide is complete.
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