Feature Endangered Animal of February

The Sumatran Orangutan

Derived from the Malay words for “person of the forest," Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered.

Historically, the species' population was found over the entire island of Sumatra and further south into Java. Now, you will only find the Sumatran orangutan in the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh. The population is threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

Females give birth to just one infant at a time every eight or nine years, making their populations very susceptible to even very low levels of hunting. Despite legal protection since 1931, orangutans are still captured and kept in households as status symbols, or hunted for food in some areas.

Orangutan habitat is being lost at an extremely high rate, mainly due to fire and conversion of forests to oil palm plantations and other agricultural development. Read more here.

What can you do to help?

Adopt an Orangutan
Make a symbolic adoption to help save some of the world's most endangered animals from extinction and support WWF's conservation efforts.

And check out these films featuring Orangutans on The Green Channel:

Gober: The Destiny of an Orangutan Mother

Over the course of years, we follow the dramatic life of Gober, the orangutan mother. This is a scarcely believable but true story from Sumatra, the large Indonesian island. Gober is first noticed by conservationists when she struggles to meet her daily nutritional needs. It soon becomes clear that she is suffering from creeping sight loss, and her daughter will still be dependent on her for years. Watch now.

Eco Here, Dead There: The Death Of An Orangutan

Hailed as an eco-friendly biofuel, palm oil has been dubbed the New Gold. However its exploitation has taken a devastating toll on the delicate ecosystem of Indonesia’s forests.
Watch now.

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Reimagining Humanity by Kim Saltarski
Therapist/Social Ecologist Mark Skelding’s personal reflection that eco-anxiety can be one of the most important evolutionary drivers of our times. A documentary short shot against the stunning backdrop of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. It’s an intimate, reflective journey getting inside Mark’s dreams and hope for a brighter future for the entire planet.

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