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In pictures: The orangutan, man of the woods, on International Orangutan Day 2017

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 19th August 2017


On August the 19th the orangutan gets our full attention. With only about 7000 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild and the Bornean orangutan population in steep decline there is no denying that the existence of these clever primates is under threat. Climbing rates in deforestation and the increasing expansion of palm oil plantations all contribute to the loss of the orangutans habitat, who tends to spend almost 90 % of their time in treetops. Our precious forests need protecting and banks like Standard Chartered need to stop funding palm oil companies that are fuelling forest fires.

Baby orangutans at the Orangutan Foundation International Care Center in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. Expansion of oil palm plantations is destroying their forest habitat.
Oil palm plantation on deep peatland inside the PT Surya Mas Citra Perkasa (Best Group) concession in Pulang Pisau, Central Kalimantan.
Thirteen years-old female orangutan, Kipoy, hangs on a tree at Kaja island, in Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Kipoy was confiscated from a resident on April 4, 2007 in Sampit, Central Kalimantan.
A keeper carries three baby orangutans, from left: Bawn, Jelapat and Nuni at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantanon.
One year-old male baby orangutan Jelapat plays on the tree at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Jelapat was confiscated from a resident on June 21, 2016 in South Barito, Central Kalimantan after the owner kept him since December 2015.
Four baby orangutans from left: Meryl, Fathia, Beni, Svenja playing on the ground at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan.
A four year-old female orangutan Malia hanging on a tree at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Malia was confiscated from a resident on June 20, 2016 in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan after the owner kept her for three years.
Floating huts in pristine forests and wetlands in West Kalimantan.
An orangutan clings to a tree during a rescue operation conducted by International Animal Rescue in the PT Ladang Sawit Mas (PT LSM) oil palm concession, West Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2013. PT LSM is part of the Bumitama group.
A two year-old female orangutan Suci hanging on a tree at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Suci was found by a worker at palm oil plantation PT. Putra Katingan Pratama on August 8, 2016 in Tumbang Samba village, Katingan, Central Kalimantan.
Aerial photo taken from helicopter shows forest fires in the Mandau sub-district, Bengkalis district, Riau Province. Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) confirmed the existence of planned and structured fires in the moratorium area in Mandau, Riau for oil palm plantations.
Greenpeace volunteers hand out leaflets to staff and passers by of Standard Chartered Bank in London. The leaflets read “Standard Chartered Funding Forest Fires” and feature a subverted logo of the bank and an image of Indonesian forest destruction.
Two female orangutans Fathia (top) Kejora (below), both three years old, playing on the tree at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Fathia was found by residents after her mother was hit by a fallen tree and died during the land clearing on September 1, 2015. Kejora was confiscated from palm oil nursery camp belonging to resident in Palangka Raya on February 1, 2016.

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