Wild orangutans have little room left to
maneuver. Their forest homes are shrinking at an alarming rate and
their future is on the line.
Orangutans are large red haired arboreal
great apes. They can live up to the age of 50 years, and are regularly
observed using objects in the forest for tools.
They are only found in
natural rainforest habitats on the islands of Borneo, where they are
classed as endangered, and on Sumatra, in Indonesia, where they are
Estimates are that between 45,000 to 69,000
orangutans remain in all of Borneo and about 7,300 in Sumatra; but the
figures are based on those collated over three years up to 2003, and
scientists predict the numbers are in fact far lower. (EPA)