You can help save the Orangutans – sign the petition now!
The threat to the orangutans
Orangutans are highly intelligent with an ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 98% of our DNA. With less than 7,000 Sumatran Orangutans and 50,000 Bornean Orangutans estimated to be living in the wild today, orangutans are considered to be an endangered species. While the Sumatran Orangutan is listed as critically endangered and the Bornean Orangutan as endangered, the greatest threat to orangutan survival is the extensive destruction of their habitat due to deforestation for logging, mining, settlements, palm oil plantations and cash crops. Up to 80% of suitable forest in Indonesia and Malaysia having been lost in the past 20 years. Other threats, which often go hand-in-hand with the destruction of the rainforest, are the illegal pet trade and poaching. Some experts say about 6,000 orangutans are disappearing every year and without our collective help orangutans could be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.
The Avaaz campaign to save the rainforest
A year ago, Avaaz put together a campaign and petition with over 1.3 million signatures to save the habitat of the orangutans – Indonesia’s untouched rainforests. At that time, the President of Indonesia responded to the petition by committing to save the remaining natural forests and peatlands. Now, the local government is once again considering the destruction of the rainforest.
“Palm oil, paper and mining companies stand to make money from developing this delicate ecosystem, and their pressure on the government to start cutting trees is working. But Europe holds the key to an even more powerful trade incentive for Indonesia, and experts say if the EU Ambassador speaks up now, he could protect the orangutans for good.” – Avaaz
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How you can help
You can help save the orangutans’ habitat by signing the petition to be sent to the EU Ambassador.
“Europe holds the key to an even more powerful trade incentive for Indonesia, and experts say if the EU Ambassador speaks up now, he could protect the orangutans for good.” – Avaaz
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