All three orangutan species are critically endangered. Currently, an estimated 100,000 Bornean, 14,000 Sumatran, and less than 800 Tapanuli orangutans remain roaming in the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. Orangutans are crucial for the rainforests health as they act as ‘gardeners’ of the forest🌱. They forage on more than 400 species of plants and help to disperse these seeds by traveling long distances. For some plant species orangutans are thought to be the sole dispersers. Protection of the orangutan thereby protects the biodiversity of the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia🦧🌳.
Photo 📸 by Ulil. Data & Pictures provided by the research teams of Universitas Nasional (UNAS), the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zürich (AIM), and the Development and Evolution of Cognition Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (DECRG)