Biofuels Vote Bad News for Orangutans

12 September 2013

This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and gibbons singing from the treetops. Not too far from the boundary of the forest camp, a male orangutan crashed through the trees and then bellowed a long call that carried for over a mile.

The Sabangau rainforest is home to the world's largest populations of orangutans and Southern Bornean gibbons, but places like this are increasingly under threat across southeast Asia from conversion to oil palm, a crop that's used to produce biofuels for foreign markets like Europe.

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