Using Drones to Improve Orangutan Conservation

It is so important that we preserve these brothers of ours. We are trashing the planet. These are desperate times. Maybe drones are the way forward for conservation?

Conserve

By Orion McCarthy 

Rehabilitated young orangutan Perry van Duijnhoven The Bornean orangutan is endangered while the Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered.  Both species are found only in the tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. Photo credit: Perry van Duijnhoven.

WITH A SHAGGY coat of red hair and a comically round face, the orangutan looks more like a Muppet than a great ape. While their appearance is outwardly foreign, orangutans are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom; they are highly intelligent, and share 97% of our DNA.

Both species of orangutan are found only in the tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. Unfortunately, rampant habitat destruction, fueled by a surging demand for palm oil, has destroyed 90%of orangutan habitat in the past 20 years.

So it may come as a surprise that a recent population survey of orangutans on Sumatra found over twice as many apes as expected.

Researchers…

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