Sumatran orangutans are one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world and possibly 'the' most critically endangered great ape species.
Their habitat is mainly in the lowland tropical forests in and around the Leuser Ecosystem, situated in the Indonesian province of Nangagroe, Aceh, Darussalam and North Sumatra. The Leuser Ecosystem stretches from the edge of the Indian Ocean almost to the shores of the Malacca Straights and includes parts of the Bukit Barisan mountain range and also the Gunung Leuser National Park. These forests are the last place in the world where one can still find elephants, rhinoceros, tigers clouded leopards and orangutans all living in the same area.
There are currently estimated to be 7000 remaining orangutan in the wild but with rampant illegal logging in Indonesia continuing unabated, together with the legal conversion of forests and the hunting of orangutans as pets, it is widely accepted that we are losing them at a rate of around 1000 per year! The mathematics speaks for itself!
A conservative estimate suggests that there may no longer be Sumatran Orangutans in the wild within the next 10 years.
The plight of the Sumatran Orangutan is exacerbated by the lack of international funds and media attention.
Dr Ian Singleton
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme