SURVIVAL OF THE ORANGUTAN AKA OLD MAN OF THE FOREST!
Survival of the Orangutan, AKA old man of the forest, has unfortunately come under threat thanks to the Palm Oil industry.
These magnificent creatures are particularly well suited to their lifestyle thanks to well adapted arms. They spend about 90 percent of their time in the trees of their tropical rain forest home. Sleeping aloft in nests of leafy branches, they use large leaves as protection for themselves from the rain.
Very sadly, the Orangutan population has declined by as much as 97% in the 20th Century, which is tragic. This has come largely because of hunting and deforestation! Deforestation comes as a result of intensive legal and illegal logging. The conversion of land to agricultural, mining, settlement building and road construction has also had an adverse effect. Other factors such as the illegal trading of animals and hunting, have also contributed to their decline.
Orangutans are just one of the endangered species that Tropic are helping to protect. This is through their investment into the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Project in Indonesia. Tropic proudly support this project as part of their CarbonNeutralⓇ certification.
Back in March 2017, the first ten orangutans were successfully released back into the wild. This was thanks to the protection offered by the Rimba Raya project area. With more planned to follow, the orangutans’ future is starting to look much brighter.
With your support, we can work towards creating a healthier, greener, more empowered world for these beautiful little guys!