Industrialization and farming concerns are forcing Borneo orangutans from their natural habitats and closer to human populations which leaves them increasingly vulnerable to poachers. In response, rehabilitation organizations like International Animal Rescue (IAR) are racing agaisnt the clock to rescue and care for sick orangutans that have nowhere else to turn.
Illegal logging is destroying ecologically important forests around the worl. Much of the timber is being used to produce expensive furniture and flooring.
Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.