An orangutan jumps down a big trunk as an excavator slams into a pile of chopped trees, urgently trying to stop the machine with his hands.
He attempts to hold to the cold metal, but he slips and falls into the tangle of trees that used to be his home. The rain falls down as he tries to climb back up, trembling.
The woodland that around him had been completely devastated.
A construction crew bulldozed a piece of the Sungai Putri Forest, a recognized refuge of critically endangered Bornean orangutans, in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, recently, and this was the devastating picture seen on video.
Fortunately, International Animal Rescue (IAR) was close by and was able to save the orangutan and transport him to a secluded, protected forest location. His sad predicament, though, demonstrates how far these creatures have been driven by humans.
IAR commented regarding the video, “Unfortunately, incidents like these are becoming more and more common in Indonesia.” “The orangutan population has plummeted as a result of deforestation; habitats have been lost, and orangutans have been left to hunger and die.”
Sungai Putri Forest is one of the few remaining habitats for wild Bornean orangutans, although it is under threat from palm oil plantations and other development projects.
At least six illegal logging villages have been discovered in or near this forest, according to a recent study by Greenpeace Indonesia. Even in regions where mother orangutans have constructed nests to raise their infants, logging is claimed to take place largely at night.
Because of logging operations like these, Bornean orangutans have lost more than half of their native habitats since the 1970s. In addition to having their habitats destroyed, several apes face being shot if they attempt to return to the property after the palm plantation is operational.
In a statement, Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of IAR in Indonesia, stated, “Sungai Putri is home to one of the world’s greatest populations, and we are at a critical juncture for the Bornean orangutan.” “They can’t exist without woods like these.”