Fighting for Wildlife in November

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Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species’ habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years. Female Bornean Orangutan  / Getty Images / Anup Shah

The Bornean orangutan differs in appearance from the Sumatran orangutan, with a broader face and shorter beard and also slightly darker in color. Three subspecies are recognized, each localized to different parts of the island:

Northwest Bornean orangutans are the most threatened subspecies. Its habitat has been seriously affected by logging and hunting, and a mere 1,500 individuals or so remain. Many habitat patches in the area are small and fragmented.

Northeast Bornean orangutans are the smallest in size and found in Sabah and eastern Kalimantan as far as the Mahakam River.

Central Bornean orangutans are the subspecies with the most animals, with at least 35,000 individuals.

So many threats to wildlife!

Wildlife is directly threatened by many types of wildlife crime including the wildlife trade, trophy hunting, illegal hunting. Many species are threatened including elephants, tigers, rhinos, marine mammals, birds, insects, etc.

Oceans – The declining state of our oceans is threatening wildlife with issues such as plastic pollution and increasing acidity.

Forests – The shrinking of the world’s forests is also threatening wildlife with issues such as deforestation, illegal logging and timber trafficking.

Climate change is also driving the extinction of many species with issues such as ozone depletion and continued use of fossil fuels.

What are we doing?

We create awareness through articles, social media and petitions, which bring these issues to the attention of governments, influential organizations and decision makers.

But this not not enough! We also need to take direct action. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of 2019 for use by approved wildlife organizations on specific conservation programs.

After making a contribution you will see the progress on the live donation tracker below:

What you can do

Support ‘Fighting for Wildlife’ by donating as little as $1 – It only takes a minute. Thank you.

 

 

Fighting for Wildlife supports approved wildlife conservation organizations, which spend at least 80 percent of the money they raise on actual fieldwork, rather than administration and fundraising. When making a donation you can designate for which type of initiative it should be used – wildlife, oceans, forests or climate.

 

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