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According to conservationists, the situation for the critically endangered animal has “gone from bad to worse” over the years.
‘We could lose the last jewels in nature’s crown.’
There’s a tiny glimmer of hope in a world of bad news.
Planting the seeds for a better tomorrow.
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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.
It is about time forests management followed the rest of us into the 21st century by making the full transition to a wood and paper industries fully reliant on plantations. We need an urgent and comprehensive reassessment of how we manage our forests.
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