Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus

Bornean Orangutan by Oscar Frederick Welsh @of_welsh

Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus

Critically Endangered

Population: 104,700


Bornean Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammals in the world, although they walk significant distances on the ground (Ancrenaz et al. 2014). Historically, Bornean Orangutans were most abundant in in lowland rainforests and Dipterocarp mosaic forests, where movement between different habitat types could buffer them against shortages in food availability in a particular habitat type. Their diet consists primarily of fruits, but also includes leaves, barks, flowers and insects (Russon et al. 2009).

Bornean Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world. Critically endangered by #palmoil #deforestation they r disappearing. Join together to help them with a #Boycott4Wildlife. Art by @of_welsh

Approximately a third of the entire Bornean Orangutan range was in commercial forest reserves exploited for timber, and about 45% was in forest areas earmarked for conversion to palm oil, agriculture or other land uses. A business-as-usual scenario, whereby non-protected forests would be converted along the lines of current development plans, will result in the loss of more than half of the current orangutan range on the island of Borneo in the next 50 years or so.

IUCN Red list
Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus


Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus
Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus

Support the conservation of this beautiful animal

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF)

Orangutan Foundation International

Further Information

iucn-rating-critically-endangered

Ancrenaz, M., Gumal, M., Marshall, A.J., Meijaard, E., Wich , S.A. & Husson, S. 2016. Pongo pygmaeus (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T17975A123809220. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T17975A17966347.en. Downloaded on 24 January 2021.

Orangutan artwork by Oscar Frederick Welsh

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