This unique being shared his afternoon drink with me at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Orangutans are nearly extinct, with only 50 or 60,000 left in an ever decreasing habitat. 2,000 to 3,000 orangutans are killed every year. Orangutans have lost over 80% of their habitat in the last 20 years, At this rate, orangutans will be extinct in the wild in less than 50 years.
Indonesia, where orangutans originate, has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.
The threats to the survival of orangutans are
- Loss of habitat through deforestation
- Palm oil plantations
- Illegal hunting
- Illegal pet trade