A couple of days ago, we heard the news about the likely extinction of the world’s tallest animal: giraffe. The specie is greatly endangered due to the destruction to its natural habitat in parts of Africa where they are found in great numbers. If nothing is soon done about the problem, giraffes may completely disappear from the world. That being said, the list has now extended further to include a new specie of animals: the orangutans!
Shocking yet unbelievably true orangutans will disappear from the world in the next 10 years. Like with the case with giraffes, their natural abode is under constant threat. Found in the dense tropical forests of Malaysia and Indonesia, there is a need more than ever to call for conservation of these places. The pace at which human are reclaiming the Malaysian and Indonesian forests, orangutans will extinct altogether.
Orangutans under threat of extinction
A private conservation charity welfare has warned about the possible extinction of the orangutans. The animal is known to have first discovered in the late 1600s before the specie population started settling down in Indonesia and Malaysia. However, unfortunately, 2030 could be the year when we see the last traces of orangutans.
Just about last month, the Bornean orangutan made it to the list of critically endangered species. Soon to be followed by the inclusion of the Sumatran type. To put things into simpler perspective, the two only known classification of orangutans are now amidst severe danger. The news has been confirmed and validated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The threat, like for most endangered species, manifested when millions of acres of forest were destroyed. According to one report, within a span of 25 years, 76 million acres of Indonesian forest disappeared. The area is equivalent to the size of the whole of Germany.
On further evaluation, most of the forest land was reclaimed to make the extraction of palm oil possible. Palm oil is used domestically in Indonesia for shampoos, toothpaste, biodiesel and surplus is often exported abroad.
. Large multinational companies like Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson have been accused of using Indonesian palm oil for its products. The practice has continued to take place despite warnings issued by the Greenpeace organization.
Preserving the habitat
Alan Knight heads the non-profit International Animal Rescue (IAR) organization. Knight has condemned the practices that have been responsible for the extinction of orangutans. He feels that the speed at which destruction is taking place the animal will soon disappear in front of our eyes. 10 years, for Knight, is a generous estimate. It might take lesser than that if no strict measures are enforced.
Having said all of that, there is absolutely no room for optimism at this point. We, human beings, are responsible for the majority of the endangered species as well as those that have gone extinct in the past. The solution first requires acknowledging that the problem exists in the first place. Without an active realization, no measure would yield positive outcomes. As for the palm oil extraction is concerned, it is the need of the hour for companies to look for alternatives. Corporations, failing to meet the regulation should be held accountable for their actions!
Only time will tell us whether we are able to save Orangutans!