STATES CHRONICLE – An incredible number of animals on Earth are on the list of endangered or threatened species, and there are very few that manage to get cut from the list as climate change, pollution, and heavy hunting are still on the rise and still affect environments.
One of the species in this situation is the Sumatran orangutan. While it was thought that their numbers are few, a recent count showed that approximately 14,600 individuals can be found in the Sumatran wild, which is about 8,000 more than it was previously thought.
Although this sounds like good news, at a closer look it is not good at all. The researchers who did the count believe the high numbers are not due to population increase but to the fact that previous counts were not thorough enough.
This happened because it was thought that orangutans avoid too high elevations. However, researchers claim to have seen them in such areas as well. Therefore, it seems that the orangutan population is distributed more widely than expected.
Even though there are many of them, Sumatran orangutans are still considered to be in danger. According to the researchers, 4,500 of the individuals will disappear by 2030. The main reason behind this predicted disappearance is the fact that in the area there are many development projects planned.
If no one stops these projects from being implemented, the numbers of orangutans will drastically decline in only a few years. The Sumatran orangutans, going by the scientific name of Pongo abelii live only on this island, and they happen to be one of two species of orangutan, their cousins living in Borneo known as the Pongo pygmaeus.
Orangutans are highly endangered because of deforestation. Trees are gone which means their homes are gone, and food also becomes scarce. Deforestation happens either because people cutting the trees sell the wood, either because they are cutting the trees to make room for development projects. Either way, this makes it harder for orangutans to survive.
Now the plan is to convince developers to change their plans and move out of the area populated by Sumatran orangutans. In this way, the population should last longer without much loss.
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