Monday, May 18, 2009

Ape Rescue Forest To Be Logged

An Indonesian paper company is planning to log an area of unprotected jungle which is being used as a reintroduction site for about 100 critically endangered orangutans, activists said on Monday.

A coalition of environmental groups said a joint venture between Asia Pulp & Paper and Sinar Mas Group had received a licence to clear the largest portion of natural forest remaining outside Bukit Tigapuluh national park on Sumatra.

The area is home to about 100 great apes that are part of the only successful reintroduction programme for Sumatran orangutans, the sub-species most at risk of extinction, the coalition said in a statement.

It is also a crucial habitat for the last remaining Sumatran tigers and elephants left in the wild, it said.

'It took scientists decades to discover how to successfully reintroduce critically endangered orangutans from captivity into the wild,' said Peter Pratje of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, which is part of the coalition.

'It could take APP just months to destroy an important part of their new habitat.


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