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Jakarta Post

Orangutan may be extinct in 3 years

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 8 2008   /  11:03 am

Conservationists say protected wild orangutans in Central Kalimantan may be extinct in three years unless the government acts to stop the expansion of oil palm plantations. Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) research shows the orangutan population is falling fast as forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. "We don't need to wait until 2015 to see orangutans extinct in Central Kalimantan. They will be gone in two or three years," COP forest program officer Novi Hardianto said here Wednesday. "The expansion of oil palm plantations is wiping out the orangutan habitat." Forestry Ministry data shows there should be about 31,300 wild orangutans in the forests of Central Kalimantan. "The population is only 20,000 orangutans now," said Novi. He said government ambitions to make Indonesia the world's largest palm oil producer have accelerated the extinction of o...