2. Devastating Orangutan Habitats
Homes of endangered species, like the Sumatra and Borneo orangutan, are being destroyed as the global demand for palm oil increases. Clearing the natural habitats of orangutans increases the likelihood of orangutan poaching, leading them into the illegal pet trade. When these displaced animals attempt to recolonize the plantations in place of their former homes, they are often killed. Forest fires started to clear the land have also been thought to burn thousands of orangutans in their natural habitats. Fewer than 60,000 orangutans remain in their natural habitat on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo.