Status: Critically Endangered
Scientific Name: Pongo abelii
Number Left: Around 7,300
Size: 66-198 pounds
Almost exclusively arboreal, the Sumatran Orangutan can be found high among the trees of the tropical rainforests of the island of Sumatra. The species is especially critical for the distribution of seeds from the fruits it eats. With the decrease in number, several tree species, especially those with larger seeds, also face extinction. Over the last 75 years, there has been an estimated decline of the species of 85 percent.
In an effort to conserve the species, many organizations are working to end the deforestation and logging of the rainforests that the Sumatran Orangutan call home.
Sumatran Orangutan's in the News
How You Can Help:
- World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Sumatran Orangutan, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival
- IUCN Red List: Learn more about the species' critically endangered classification.
- SOS - Sumatran Orangutan Society: Discover how you can directly contribute to the rehabilitation of this species.
- Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme: Find out what is being done to prevent the extinction of the species.