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HABITAT DESTRUCTION. In this photo released by the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, a recently rescued baby orangutan plays with a keeper at Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Indonesian conservation group says the discovery of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo within two days is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening the survival of the great apes. (Bjorn Vaughn, BPI/BOS Foundation via AP)
From The Asian Reporter, V27, #21 (November 6, 2017), page 2.
Orangutan orphans a sign of habitat destruction
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian conservation group says the discovery of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening the survival of the great apes.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation spokesman Nico Hermanu said the two orangutans were rescued in separate locations by a joint team from the foundation and government.
A male between six and eight months old was rescued after being reported alone on a riverbank near a village in Central Kalimantan and a three-year-old female, weighing only 11 pounds, was rescued from villagers in the province the day before.
The foundation has found 19 baby orangutans so far this year.
It says that as more forests are cleared, "hunters are able to reach previously isolated areas and orangutans."
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