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April 1, 2012

ALERT! Indonesian Oil Palm Fires Threaten Important Orangutan Population with Extirpation

By Ecological Internet's Rainforest Portal

A half-buried, nearly-dead orangutan after rainforest habitat stolen and burnlTAKE ACTION to stop the massacre of Tripa’s orangutans

In a global tragedy for wildlife, rainforests and ecosystem sustainability; rainforest peat fires and land clearing by palm oil firms could finish killing off within weeks about 200 orangutans in an important rainforest habitat [search] in western Indonesia. The Tripa swamp rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia – home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild orangutans in the world – is ablaze as palm oil companies rush to clear forests before a court case stops their plantation expansion. Up to 100 of an already much diminished population may have been killed in recent months, and unless the land grabs and rainforest burning are immediately stopped, the local population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) may soon go locally extinct, and the whole species soon thereafter.