The Jakarta Post
Environmentalists from ProFauna Indonesia staged a protest in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday, urging the Aceh and North Sumatra administrations to halt the destruction of orangutan natural habitats.
ProFauna Indonesia chairman Rosek Nursahid said the habitats of orangutans were continuing to decline due to ongoing deforestation in North Sumatra and Aceh.
He said there were only 6,000 Sumatran orangutans left in their natural habitats. The largest concentration of Sumatran orangutan was found in East Leuser, Rawa Singkil and West Leuser in Aceh while a small number of Sumatran orangutan was found in Batang Toru forests in North Sumatra.
Rosek said Aceh and North Sumatra played a crucial role in orangutan conservation. Unfortunately, he said, the provinces' local administrations were not able to ensure the survival of the endangered species.
'We are apprehensive about the attitude of the local administrations. They seem unaware about the current state of orangutan populations,' said Rosek during the hour-long peaceful rally that took place in Majestic traffic circle in Medan.(nai/ebf)
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