Known as the gardeners of the forest, Orangutans play a vital role in seed dispersal and maintaining the health of the forest ecosystem, playing an important role in the survival of the likes of tigers, Asian elephants and Sumatran rhinos.
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations are well below these.
To learn about what you can do to help save the orangutan please see the link in our bio.