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Jakarta Post

Activists, businesses work to save orangutan

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 12 2010   /  11:26 am

Why should we protect the orangutan? It is a frequently asked question when lay-people, including businesspeople, discuss the need to protect orangutans, Asia’s only great ape, which is greatly endangered.People have also often raised the question that foreign countries could bar exports of palm oil products from Indonesia due to the loss of the orangutan. Conservationist Meirini Sucahyo from the Indonesian Orangutan Forum said the presence of orangutans reflected the health of a rainforest. “Orangutans play a crucial role in stabilizing forests,” she said. “They are effective seed dispersers; they open the forest canopy to let sunlight get to soil.”“Humans need forests. Forests need orangutans, so we need orangutans.”She said saving orangutans meant a myriad of other species living in rainforest could also be saved.
“I dream that the orangutan can be used as symbol to...