Increased Poaching of Critically Endangered Orangutans During Pandemic

Increased Poaching of Critically Endangered Orangutans During Pandemic

“Critically endangered orangutans, tigers, elephants and subsistence farmers, are now all struggling to survive in remnant forests,” said Leif Cocks, founder of The Orangutan Project, in an emailed statement.

“Over 80% of native forest in Sumatra and Borneo have been cleared for large plantations.

When you add in a global pandemic which has plunged more than two million Indonesians back into poverty, you can see why we’re facing a crisis.

Critically endangered species will always lose out because their populations are no longer large enough to withstand poaching or further habitat loss.”

Bornean orangutans are critically endangered species whose habitats have been threatened by fires. They’re also threatened by the illegal wildlife trade and deforestation, according to the Orangutan Project.

Poaching has been on the rise around the world during the pandemic due to a combination of fewer people to keep watch, increased financial need, and less money to support conservation efforts, many of which are tied to the decrease in tourism.

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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 11 March 2021. Lead Image Source: Ricky Of The World/

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