Should Palm Oil Stop?
These animals are being threatened by nature and humans in many different ways. Moreover, factors like habitat loss, illegal trade, being hunted and sometimes killed affects the living conditions of these animals. Let’s start with orangutan which are the world’s famous tree climbing mammals that are losing their habitat on the two remaining islands; Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutan is a Malayan word meaning person or man of the forest. Their population has decreased from 66,000 to 45,000 over ten years (“Orangutan Coservancy”, n.d)). They are also traded illegally when they are up to seven years old as pets which shows that it’s a real life threat to the wild. However, these types of wild animals look cute and cuddly when they are young, but then they turn out to be uncontrollable once they grow. In addition, sometimes people in Kalimantan hunt Orangutan for food due to poverty and sell their skulls in some forms of souvenirs to make profit. Along with being hunted, 8000 orangutans died because of an uncontrolled forest fire in 1997 that lasted for six months (“Orangutan Conservancy”, n.d). Apart from orangutans, tigers are used to roam around most of Sumatra, but because of deforestation and plantation growth there are only 400 tigers left in the wild (“Tigers in Crisis, 2016). Also, 80% of tigers were lost and 15% of those loss was a direct result of palm oil. This is why they are the world’s most threatened species. Moreover, tigers need a wide space in the jungle, forest or mountains in order to remain alive. They also need plenty of water to drink and hydrate, prey to hunt, and many more things. However, these poor animals are moved into a relatively small place because of palm oil plantation, deforestation, and other expansions. (“Tigers in Crisis, 2016).