David Attenborough supports effort to save orangutan from extinction
Orangutans in their natural environment live in undisturbed ancient forests and for many years it was believed they shunned any other habitats. But researchers have discovered they can survive just as well and perhaps even better in forests that have been intensively thinned out by loggers, giving renewed hope for the species.
Conservationists have now devised a project that they hope will ensure the long-term survival of orangutans by protecting key patches of secondary forest – areas that have been stripped of the biggest trees but are still wooded – from being chopped down for palm oil and other types of agriculture.
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