I want to save the orang-utans in the wild for the future. It is important because they are becoming endangered and when they are all gone there will be none of them left for future generations to enjoy. They also play a vital part in keeping rainforests healthy.

Extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. The Sumatran Orangutan is listed as critically endangered with 6,300 left and 1000 being killed a year. The Bornean Orangutan is endangered with approximately 55 000 left and 5000 killed a year. During the past decade, the Orangutan population has decreased by approximately 50 percent in the wild and now Only three populations contain more than 1000 Orangutans. The Orangutan habitat in north Sumatra is being lost at an extremely high rate due to fire and conversion of forest to palm oil plantations. The Orangutans that are displaced starve to death, are killed by plantation workers as pests, or die in the fires. Poaching Orangutan infants and hunting for meat also threatens the species, mothers are often killed for their babies which are then sold for pets. Orangutans are a much loved member of the animal kingdom and people need to become more aware of their fate and change their ways.

Orangutans are facing extinction firstly because of the palm oil industry. The majority of palm oil is used in the food industry either as a vegetable oil or embedded in other ingredients. The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degration, climate change and animal cruelty. The land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. Every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forests are being ploughed to the ground to make way for palm oil plantations. Orangutans have been found buried alive, killed by machete attacks, guns and other weaponry. This is because the Palm oil workers are told to remove anything that gets in their way even if it is including these beautiful creatures. Clearly these animals are under threat and they also face the horrific danger of being poached.

 Poaching is the illegal practice of capturing animals in the wild to either sell them when they are alive for export or kill them and use their body parts as either trophies or in eastern medicines. Studies have indicated that 200-500 Orangutans alone enter the pet trade each year. When adult females are killed, the babies can be sold, and the skulls of the dead may be used to create souvenirs that are sold illegally which cost up to $260. The Sumatran male skeletons are sold for 4,800.00. Orangutan hunting is still taking place in some areas for the food source known as bush meat. They also kill them so that they don’t have any competition for the various types of fruits that grow it the forests. The villagers can go in and take it for themselves instead of sharing it with the Orangutans that consume large amounts of it on a daily basis. As the number of villagers increase they will need that food source and to consume meat from these animals as well. Orangutans are much more important than we think as they keep our forests healthy.

Every animal on the planet deserves to hold their place in the world as they are a part of a large eco system. Orangutans serve more purposes than just amusing people, they are a vital part of a larger eco system. Orangutans help to keep our rainforest ecosystem healthy and are known as “gardeners of the forest”. Over 500 plant species have been recorded in their diet. They play a vital role in seed dispersal and in maintaining the health of the forests eco system, which is important for other people and a host of other animals, so by conserving the Orangutans habitat, we are also benefiting local communities and other species. They also make a new nest to sleep in every evening, breaking branches and allowing light through the thick canopy onto the forest floor, helping young plants to thrive and grow.

To save the orang-utans in the wild for the future we all need to pay attention to what is happening to them each and every day. We need to protect them from being forced out of their natural habitats as a result of deforestation and we need to raise awareness of the consequences of poaching. We need to create zones that will allow them to exist without fear and threat. If we don’t, I can assure you the only place for any Orangutan is the wild. I seek for all Orangutans compassion, protection and freedom. I know you want that to.

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