The deforestation of the rainforest is very quick due to the use of advanced machinery. For instance, the bulldozers can turn any rainforest into a desert within a few days which is very bad for the ecological system even making it inexistent.
The rainforest is the natural habitat of many species that are left homeless due to the extreme exploitation. The orangutans share the same destiny in Indonesia who have also lost their natural tropical habitats in Borneo and Sumatra due to the palm oil industry. Not only that they lost their home but as well as many of them are being killed during the process.
Here it is what happened to a starving pregnant orangutan, Boon-Mee when machines destroyed her home.
She was settled on a tree and couldn’t find any food as there wasn’t any forest left. In a way she was fortunate as the plantation owners were part of a conservation group, and they had informed the International Animal Rescue for her situation. But, she was not the only orangutan left devastated and starving, the team that has arrived at the spot found Boon-Mee and her friends.
Boon-Mee was hungry, but still strong, hanging on a tree. Her friend, Charanya had a baby, and she was starved. Kalaya was lactating, but did not have her baby and the team believed that her baby was dead or stolen.
Nonetheless, the IAR official Lis Key appreciated the gesture of the plantation owners as Boon-Mee could have been easily killed along with her friends. Now she has at least a chance to continue her life in some conservation camp while she is released again in the wild. Boon-Mee was so afraid that she couldn’t come down from the tree that the rescuers had to use a tranquilizer. After she got recovered the rescuers released her and her fellow orangutans into the wild.
Boon-Mee and her friends were very fortunate, which cannot be stated for the other orangutans. Namely, the statistics reveal that nowadays there are 40,000 orangutans in the wild which was not the case 10 years ago when there were 60,000 of them.
The rise of the palm oil industry has contributed to this decline of the orangutan count in the wild. This oil is widely used in various processed foods as it is the cheaper alternative. Plus it is the basic ingredient in the cosmetic industry and it is used as bio-fuel too.
This is very alarming and because of that there is an initiative that the EU will very soon introduce new rules regarding the use of palm oil.