30 March 2012

'A global tragedy'

Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned Wednesday.

The Tripa swamp forest in Aceh province is home to the world's densest population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. About 200 still live there, out of a world population estimated at 6,600, the conservationists said.

More from AP here.

1 comment:

Anshuman said...

We, in millions, inadvertently or imperatively by default settings of our lives; directly or indirectly use commodities like palm oil. If its plantation causes a swamp forest to kill itself... somewhere I start doubting my notion of mere existence as a fallacy that I impose upon myself to fool myself.