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Jakarta Post

Over 100,000 orangutans in Borneo killed over 16 years

  • Moses Ompusunggu and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 17 2018   /  12:22 am

Scientists have blamed the loss of over 100,000 orangutans on Borneo Island between 1999 and 2015, around half of the estimated population in the initial year, on rampant poaching.

In a study published in scientific journal Current Biology on Thursday, the scientists also found that, during the 16-year period, the highest rates of orangutan decline were detected in areas that have been converted into industrial plantations, showing the effects of “unsustainable use of natural resources”.

However, the largest numbers of vanished orangutans were recorded in areas that were forested during the period of the study, indicating that poaching and killing played a major role, according to the scientists.

The researchers referred to 16 years of ground and aerial surveys that recorded the number of orangutan nests found in Kalimantan, Indonesia’s part of Borneo, and Mala...