Orangutans are intelligent, sociable animals with closely bonded family groups. They are also incredibly endangered. But in Borneo, hundreds are being killed to make way for palm oil.
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, palm oil plantation managers have been shooting and killing orangutans to protect their crops. Other orangutans are killed when managers burn and destroy their forest habitats to clear land for plantations.
300 orangutans have been slaughtered over the past eight years due to palm oil industry expansion.
Though killing orangutans in this manner is illegal in Malaysia, the managers’ actions typically go unpunished. Orangutan numbers are depleting rapidly as a result of the slaughter.