Happy World Orangutan Day, everybody, the first of its kind. This new holiday is set to create awareness and drum up support for the conservation of the endangered orange ape, and to recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry.
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan declined by more than 50% and only an estimated 7,000 animals are left in the wild. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 % in the past decade and estimates place their population at about 45,000 animals. Since the last population estimates were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb.
If you want to show some Facebook support, here’s the link to the World Orangutan Day! event. If you wish to make a donation, you can at the official web site on August 19th to let the people working in orangutan rescues know we truly appreciate what they are doing!
Happy Monk(Ape)day :_)