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Jakarta Post

If we lose orangutans, we will lose forest too

  • Albertus Tjiu and Joko Tri Haryanto

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22 2019   /  12:45 am

That orangutans may face extinction has become a public concern. Aug. 19, World Orangutan Day, is a strong reminder. The government has been intensively campaigning to save orangutans at national and global levels. The intensity of the campaigns has been accelerated by other stakeholders such as academics, civil society organizations, community groups and others. Indonesia is home to three species of orangutan, namely the Bornean orangutan in Kalimantan, the Sumatran orangutan and the Tapanuli orangutan in Sumatra. Orangutan conservation has been a reality for more than 20 years, especially in Kalimantan. Then, why is it still so important? What role and value does the orangutan have as a unique species in the nature chain?The fact is that the orangutan population in Indonesia keeps decreasing. Based on the 2017 Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA), only 800 Tapanuli orangu...