Entry Title: "Displaced by Palm Oil: Indonesias last Orangutans"
Category: Professional, Press
Globally, the demand for palm oil is on the increase. Indonesia
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is market leader in global palm oil production. Palm oil is used
for food, cosmetics and as biofuel. The rain forests are
destroyed to grow more oil palms. Palm oil plantations are
replacing four-fifths of the rain forest in Indonesia. Orangutans
are one of many victims of massive deforestation.
Orangutans, an entirely Asian species in the family of great
apes, roam Indonesian rain forests on the islands of Sumatra
and Borneo. During the past decade, orangutan populations in
the wild have decreased by approximately 50%. Human
activities, especially the unchecked burning of rain forests to
clear land for palm oil plantations, have resulted in a critical loss
of habitat, driving orangutans to the brink of extinction in