Indonesia fires threaten survival of Borneo’s orangutans

Raging forest fires have spread from plantations into dense forest in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, threatening the survival of the endangered Bornean orangutan.

Borneo's orangutan's under threat.

Borneo's orangutan's under threat. Image by Victor Ulijn / CC BY-SA 2.0

Rescuers at the Nyaru Menteng Care Centre in central Kalimantan are reportedly even considering a full-scale evacuation of the 470 orangutans in their care if the pace and scale of the approaching fires does not abate. Borneo’s orangutans have been left sick, malnourished and traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests at a scale not seen since the worst-recorded haze crisis in 1997. Read more: channelnewsasia.com

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