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The destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest, in Borneo and Sumatra is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction.

Once this species roamed over thousands of miles across the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Today they survive only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their home is in beautiful, lush rainforest, and shared by many other endangered species, such as tigers, elephants and rhinos.

This forest is crossed with large rivers and has the greatest number of species of trees, birds and animals per acre of almost anyplace in the world. The treasures of this forest are hard to estimate since they are so precious and numerous. Many different species of plants and animals have yet to be discovered there.

Because orangutans live in only a few places, and because they are so dependent upon trees, they are particularly susceptible to logging in these areas. Unfortunately, deforestation and other human activities, such as hunting, have placed the orangutan in danger of extinction.



How can you help?

Buy FSC-certified products. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – certified label on wood and paper products. This ensures the product you purchase comes from sustainable forestry.

Avoid Products that contain palm oil. Palm oil plantations are a major source of deforestation, causing orangutans to lose their homes. Avoiding products with palm oil can help protect orangutans, other wildlife, and the rainforest.

Go Green. Recycle and buy recycled products. Measure your carbon footprint and learn other ways to conserve our planet.

Say no to Paseo & Livi paper products. World Wildlife Fund found two paper product brands made with material from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), which is responsible for more deforestation than any other company in Sumatra.

Spread the Word. With your newfound knowledge, spread awareness of the issues facing orangutans and the rainforest. The orangutans need you.

Population killed during fires between 1997 - 98


Population has shrunk 50% in Sumatra since 1993


Natural habitat loss in the last 20 years


They spend 90% of their time in the trees


Human DNA Similarity



a lipstick wand

Palm oil is used in lipstick as it holds color well, doesn’t melt at high temperatures, and has a smooth application and virtually no taste.

Ice Cream

an icecream

Palm oil makes ice cream smooth and creamy.


a lovely cookie

Semi-solid at room temperature, palm oil is used to give baked goods a creamy taste and texture.

Pizza Dough

a pizza

Palm oil is added to both frozen and fresh pizza dough to stop it from sticking together and to enhance texture.


washing detergent

Palm oil is refined to create soaps, washing powder and other cleaning products.


a diesel pump

Palm oil can be used to produce biodiesel and biofuel.

Instant Noodles

a packet of noodles

Palm oil is up to 20% of the weight of a pack of instant noodles. It's used to pre-cook the noodles so that all you have to do is add hot water.


a tub of margarine

Palm oil is used in margarine because it is solid at room temperature and is free of trans fats.


a bar of soap

Palm oil is used for its ability to remove oil and dirt from hair and skin as well to moisturize.


shampoo bottle

Palm oil is used as a conditioning agent that helps restore the natural oils of the hair that are stripped away by most shampoos.


a bar of Chocolate

Palm oil helps create a smooth and shiny appearance in some chocolate and keeps it from melting.

Packaged Bread

a loaf of bread

Palm oil is now widely used to make bread because it is solid at room temperature, easy to bake with and inexpensive.

Palm oil is hidden in a wide range of products that we buy everyday. Click on the products to find out how and why palm oil is used in the production of each...

Deforestation Worldwide

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Arces of forests globaly have been destroyed

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We need your help to help save the rainforests from deforestation. Please donate what you can.


Thank You

Without your support and donations orangutans habitat would continue to be destoyed.
Read more at the links below.

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