Scientists Discover 'Significantly Large' Population of Orangutans in Borneo

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Good News For A Change
It's easy to find bad news when it comes to conservation (just last week we had Exxon Valdez Remembrance Day), but thankfully there are also successes. For example, a new "significantly large" population of orangutans was recently discovered in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Read on for more details.

Erik Meijaard wrote on the Nature Conservancy's blog:

Orangutans are among the rarest primates on Earth. Populations are plummeting under the various pressures on their forest habitats. An increasing demand for timber, palm oil, coal and other things desired by the world’s growing human population makes life for orangutans very difficult these days.

So, we all got pretty excited when our field team came back from a survey in a really inaccessible part of Borneo with photos and videos of orangutans. [...]

Our recent preliminary survey seems to have proven us wrong. Along some six miles of forest transect we found 219 orangutan nests. We cannot yet determine the density from this, but such number generally indicates medium densities of orangutans.

Now that We Found Them, Let's Protect Them
This is great news! But if we want the news to stay good, the local government in Borneo needs to act to protect this orangutan population. The Nature Conservancy is working with them to achieve just that, but we can't know yet if they will succeed. Let's hope so!

Via The Nature Conservancy

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