Unfortunately, there are several other primate species of large primate that probably face dangers at least equal to those confronting the last gorilla populations. Orangutans, particularly the Sumatran subspecies, would certainly belong on this list. Due to extremely rapid deforestation rates in Indonesia and Malaysia, scientists estimate that orangutans will be extinct in the wild within 10 or 20 years of current trends do not change. There is still time to save these magnificent and intelligent animals, but the major threats to Southeast Asia’s forests must be curtailed for us to do so. Some of the worst threats to orangutans include illegal logging, and the expansion of plantations for production of palm oil – a substance used as both a food ingredient and a biofuel.
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