Featured video: plight of orangutans highlighted with new rock song
January 17, 2012
An Indonesian rock band, Navicula, is highlighting the plight of orangutans in their native country through a new song entitled, aptly, “Orangutan.” The band has created a music video for the song, including footage of a documentary, Green: The Film that follows a starving female orangutan named Green. The band “dedicated the song to encourage people to do more in orangutan conservation, to protect this endangered species.”
The orangutan is imperiled in Indonesia largely due to habitat loss for palm oil plantations and logging for pulp and paper plantations, but also hunting and killing the great apes as agricultural pests are additional problems. In fact, a recent study in PLoS One found that conflict between orangutans and humans proved worst in areas that have been converted for timber, wood-pulp, or palm oil. It concluded that orangutans are currently being killed at a rate faster than they can reproduce, suggesting orangutans could go extinct outside protected areas.
Along this line, recent news in Indonesia has focused on plantations allowing workers to kill orangutans. In one instance a Malaysian palm oil plantation company operating East Kalimantan was found to have been paying a bounty of $110 to workers for each orangutan they killed. Since the news broke, two major plantation companies, PT SMART and APP, have signed a zero-tolerance pledge for killing orangutans in their plantations.
Palm oil companies offering rewards for killing orangutans: here.
Wild orangutans that have come into contact with eco-tourists over a period of years show an immediate stress response but no signs of chronic stress, unlike other species in which permanent alterations in stress responses have been documented, new research from an Indiana University anthropologist has found: here.
Sumatran orangutans have undergone a substantial recent population decline, according to a new genetic study, but the same research revealed the existence of critical corridors for dispersal migrations that, if protected, can help maintain genetic diversity and aid in the species’ conservation: here.
Jakarta, Indonesia – In the space of a week the National Geographic Society (NGS) has publicly broken ties with Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has called for an investigation after a Greenpeace report revealed the company was illegally logging protected tree species: here.
Orangutan caught in snare as ‘sustainable’ palm oil company trashes forest: here.
October 2012. The orangutans in Sumatra are in danger of becoming extinct. Anthropologists from the University of Zurich have proved that the Sumatran orangutan has suffered a drastic decrease in population recently: here.
Indonesia: Unchallenged crimes of “rotten apple” palm oil company: here.
- Orangutan survives after being shot 100 times (abc.net.au)
- Borneo orangutan was shot over 100 times with airgun (rawstory.com)
- ‘Palmed Off’: Is Your Dinner Killing Orangutans? ~ Elissa Sursara (elephantjournal.com)
- Wounded orangutan shot with air gun rescued in Indonesian Borneo (ctvnews.ca)
- Sumatran Orangutan Species on the Brink as 3,950 Acre Tripa Peat Swamp Decimated (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)