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Sumatran Orangutan

posted: 12/01/15
sumatran orangutan
scheriton/Veer
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.

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