Photo: Maxime Aliaga/National Geographic

TAPANULI ORANGUTAN

(Pongo tapanuliensis)

ANIMALIA - MAMMALIA


Status

Critically endangered

Population trend

Decreasing

Population

800 individuals

Threats

Habitat loss, hunting and illegal trade in baby orangutans.

This is one of the rates apes. It was only described in 2017!!! It is critically endangered at IUCN and in Appendix I of CITES.

They are endemic to the Tapanuli district of northwestern Sumatra. It has the smallest geographic range of all the great apes.

They are threatened by Illegal logging and forests conversion to agriculture. A proposed hydroelectric project will basically destroy most of its habitat. The slaughter by the conflict of humans and crops; the illegal trade in baby orangutan.

A habitat conservation plan is urgently required, as well as the immediate resolution of conflicts between rural towns and orangutans.

Distribution

Sumatra

Partners

The Orangutan Project

Organizations involved in their protection and conservation

Save the Orangutan

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