A recent head count established that there are roughly 14,600 individuals from the Pongo abelii species living in Indonesia. Previous counts placed their numbers somewhere around the 6000, so it’s definitely an improvement. But the mammals didn’t just breed in large numbers overnight, they were simply nesting in places where they weren’t found before. The simians are not out of harm’s way because the Sumatran orangutans population is severely threatened by deforestation.
The fire-kissed apes are not menaced by many natural predators. They are evolved, capable of fending for themselves, and they build nests in tall trees so that the younglings are protected from any carnivorous, hungry eyes.
But there is a limit in what the red-haired simians can do. For example, they can’t fight off their primary predator. The only being capable of wiping them out of existence. Unfortunately for the mammals, they are forced to survive the constant interference of the most deadly species that has ever walked the Earth, the humans.
The Sumatran Orangutans population is severely threatened by deforestation. And while the latest nose count revealed that the apes are not yet in critical danger, they could hit the brink of extinction in about a dozen years if the current landscape programs are respected.
The Indonesian authorities have bigger plans for the Sumatran forests than the orangutans. They don’t just want to lay back lazily on a branch while munching on a piece of ripe fruit. They want to cut down the trees and make room for a couple of agricultural projects.
The Sumatran orangutan is, as the name hints, native to the parts. There are only two different species of orangutans in the wild, and the Pongo abelii is one of them. But if they continue to lose their habitat in favor of human whims such as deforestation, poaching, commerce with exotic animals, production of palm tree oil, and so on, they will soon become extinct.
One of the reasons for which the previous attempts at a complete nose count failed was the fact that the orangutans are being driven away from their natural environments by the all-conquering humans.
In consequence, the simians sought out new places to live. Higher branches, more secluded locations in the northern part of the island and the areas surrounding the lake.
Sumatran orangutans population is severely threatened by deforestation in Indonesia, and the researchers are doing everything in their power to convince the authorities to come up with a conservation plan.
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