orangutans caught in forest fires

Forest fires are burning out of control in Sumatra and Borneo and one third of the world’s Orangutans are at risk in these tropical peatland areas.

Many fires are started deliberately at this time of year to clear land to make it suitable for palm oil and wood production. However the fires have now spread to national parks and are a serious threat to the already endangered populations of Orangutans (amongst other animals) that live in them.

Research by Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) found that previous forest clearances and fires have had a devastating impact on the local wildlife. For example in Sabangau, a national park on the Indonesian island of Borneo, at least 68 mammals, 167 birds and 218 different tree species are all at risk from the fires. Even if the forest’s animals escape the flames, the destruction of their habitat and the huge volumes of smoke the fires are creating pose major threats to their survival.

Read more at www.independent.co.uk

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orangutans caught in forest fires

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