December 20, 2020, 03.51 AM
Two critically endangered Sumatran orangutans are brought back to Indonesia by air from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok on Thursday, December 17, 2020. AFP/LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHATwo critically endangered Sumatran orangutans are brought back to Indonesia by air from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Although the two orangutans are on their way home, their lives are still in danger. The Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered as the population is estimated to be less than 15,000.

This is affected by the condition of their rainforest habitat that has shrunk drastically over the last few decades due to logging, the expansion of oil palm plantations, and mining activities.

Media reported that the Sumatran orangutans are on the brink of extinction. Illegal hunting is also one of the biggest factors affecting the decline in their population.

(Writer: Bernadette Aderi Puspaningrum | Editor: Aditya Jaya Iswara)

Source: https://www.kompas.com/global/read/2020/12/18/151517670/2-orangutan-yang-diselundupkan-ke-thailand-dipulangkan-ke-indonesia?page=all#page2.

 

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