Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Species Extinctions

TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS – ORANGUTANS

  • Both species the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans have experienced sharp population declines. A century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans in total, but the Bornean orangutan is now estimated at about 104,700 based on updated geographic range (Endangered) and the Sumatran about 7,500 (Critically Endangered).
  • The destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest, in Borneo and Sumatra is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction.
  • Palm oil, an ingredient found in many everyday food and cosmetic products, is contributing to the rapid deforestation in Sumatra. Orangutan habitat in Sumatra and Borneo is being cleared at an alarming rate for conversion to oil palm plantations.

ORANGUTANS - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

ORANGUTANS - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION