Palm oil monoculture is palming off orangutans in record numbers. Today, less than 70,000 orangutans exist in small wild pockets in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Populations are patchy and lack diversity, with conversion of land for palm oil plantation believed to be the species' biggest threat.
When recreational big-game hunter Walter Palmer shot and killed Cecil the lion, the backlash was relentless. What remains is the Orwellian idea of killing animals to save them. After hunting animals to the brink of extinction, can we really hunt them back?