Today I will be telling you about one of my favourite types of animals….The Orangutan!
Like all animals, we need to watch out for them. But we especially need to care for their health and habitat. All animals are similar to humans in their lifestyle, but especially the Orangutan.The Orangutan is very closely related to humans , having 97% of DNA in common. The Orangutan is are very Intelligent mammal and is an animal that has been known for escaping zoos, because they have watch the zoo keeper lock and unlock the gate to where they are kept. As you can see this animal is a very special animal and smart, but the Orangutan is losing its home, and becoming endangered. The Orangutans habitat, the rain forest is decreasing at a unpredictable rate, which is decreasing the population of the Orangutans. One particular type of the Orangutans has decreased by 50% over the past 60 years! The main threats of the population decreasing with Orangutans are ,
- Illegal hunting
- Illegal pet trade
- Loss of habitat due to deforestation
- Palm oil plantations
All of these things can cause a big change to the number of Orangutans. And In 1997 to 1998 there was a dramatic loss of the Orangutans habitat and the Orangutan species because of a fire, and around 20-25% of the Orangutans died, and now over the last 20 years, Orangutans lost well over 80% of their habitat. The loss of habitat can be a result of the number of Orangutans.
As you can see this is quite a serious problem, and we need to care for The Orangutan and not ruin its habitat, the rain forest.
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