Saving Sumatra's Orangutans
The Sumatran orang-utan is losing habitat fast, though. Pristine forest in Indonesia is being burned, drained and cleared for palm-oil plantations at a shocking pace. The three coastal peat swamp forests of Aceh province – Tripa, Kluet and Singkil – are among the species’ most precious natural habitats. Home to almost a third of Sumatra’s orangutans, Tripa – which has already been 70 per cent cleared – has lost more than 80 per cent of its population to forest hunting, poaching, human encroachment, illegal logging and fires.