One of the last great stands of rain forest in the deforestation hotspot of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has welcomed an exciting new addition: a baby female orangutan. The infant is the first orangutan born in the Thirty Hills conservation concession since WWF and its partners began managing the 100,000-acre forest in 2015.
The world’s most popular vegetable oil—palm oil—is produced in tropical rain forests around the world. While it can be produced sustainably, conventional production methods and unchecked agricultural expansion threaten these forests and the wildlife that call them home.
The Indonesian island of Sumatra—one of the most biodiverse places on the planet—has lost more than half of its forest cover in the last thirty years. But there are stands of amazing, still-intact forest in Sumatra, and Thirty Hills is one of them.
The Amazon, central Africa, the Mekong. These are home to some of the world’s most species-rich, culturally significant and stunningly beautiful forests. But large swaths of these forests, and many others around the world, may not be there in 15 years if we don’t do more to save them.
WWF works in a number of countries in Asia to prevent and mitigate human-elephant conflict. In addition to monitoring elephant movement to understand where they travel, what they encounter and their habits as they pertain to crop raiding, we help communities employ a variety of methods to keep elephants out of human settlements and safe in the wild.
We’re celebrating a year since Betino’s birth at the Flying Squad in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park! This lively little female calf was born on Aug. 9, 2013, to a critically endangered Sumatran elephant trained to help reduce human-elephant conflicts.
Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park is one of the last safe havens for critically endangered Sumatran elephants and Sumatran tigers. But many of these forests have been cleared to develop palm oil plantations and meet worldwide demand for pulp and paper.
In Indonesia’s Danau Sentarum National Park on the lush island of Borneo, critically endangered orangutans share the peat swamp forests with local human residents. But the orangutan populations have dropped by over 50 percent during the past 60 years, in part from poaching, and also because of habitat destruction from illegal and unsustainable forestry.