Discover why orangutans are endangered and how they are being helped
Long ago, the world catered for such beautiful species as the orangutan, proboscis monkey and sun bear, with vast areas of pristine rainforest rich in biodiversity. Now over half of this unique habitat has disappeared, taking the majority of these helpless creatures with it. In the last decade alone, orangutans have decreased by 50% as their forest home is depleted at a rate that is too quick to replace or protect, and unfortunately only 2% of what remains of this habitat is protected.
Although climate change is one reason that things have changed, the main cause of the rapid decline of these species is due to mankind.
As the dominant and growing species with direct competition for this forest covered land, humans have quickly taken over, using the land for agriculture, logging, palm oil plantations, and to expand their villages.