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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Dec. 7, 2016, 10:21 a.m.
Orangutan in a tree

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Orangutans

About 2,070 to 3,070 orangutans live on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their habitat has been chopped up into smaller, more isolated pockets. Logging, road construction and especially the creation of palm-oil plantations have leveled their habitats, leaving them vulnerable to hunting and kidnapping (to be sold as pets). Like mountain gorillas, orangutans have the benefit of good PR, but that might not be enough as one conservation charity has declared that the orangutan could be extinct within 10 years if more is not done to preserve their habitats.