Monday, 23 September 2019

Kalimantan Orangutan, Rare Species in the Verge of Extinction

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  • Two orangutans were released to the area of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Melawi, West Kalimantan, February 2019. ANTARA/Humas IAR Indonesia-Rudiansyah

    Two orangutans were released to the area of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Melawi, West Kalimantan, February 2019. ANTARA/Humas IAR Indonesia-Rudiansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the Borneo Nature Foundation, Juliarta Bramansa Ottay, said that a number of orangutan species populating Central Kalimantan’s areas are in the edge of extinction.

    “The research that we conducted revealed that extinction is looming over diverse wild animal species, which include endangered species,” said Juliarta Bramansa Ottay at Palangka Raya on Friday, March 8.

    According to Juliarta, the research was conducted in the area along the Rungan River located in the Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan. The team’s ground observation on fauna survey and visual observations managed to document 34 mammals comprises 19 protected species and 108 trees with 12 of them in the verge of extinction.

    The team also observed 118 bird species with 27 protected ones. Meanwhile, there were five protected amphibians from the 20 reptilian species observed, and there were also 20 fish species.

    Out of the observed species, the World Conservation union classified two critically endangered species that consists of Kalimantan orangutan and white-shouldered ibis, four endangered species, and 16 species vulnerable to extinction.

    “They all face the threat of extinction in the future, which is why it’s important for us to preserve them,” said Ottay.

    ANTARA