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The origin of the word “orangutan” is derived from the Indonesian and Malaysian words for “person” (orang) and “forest” (hutan). Literally it means “Person of the Forest”.
Humans and the palm oil industry is the biggest threat to the orangutan and the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Palm oil is found in thousands of popular products, including ice cream, chocolate, cookies, candy, cereal, milk, butter, toothpaste, soap, hair products, and cosmetics
Sprawling oil palm farms replace the rich rainforest ecosystem with biological desert.
Animal populations shrink because the remaining forest cannot support all the refugee animals in addition to normal populations already there.
When shrinking habitats push stressed orangutans nearer to human settlements, they raid oil palm plantations and get trapped or shot.
Tropical rainforests are home to 70% of the Earth’s species of plants and animals, and the plight of the orangutan is a barometer for the health of the rainforests of Southeast Asia as a whole.
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