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Time 'may be running out' for orangutans

Time may be running out for orangutans living in the rainforests of Sumatra, it has been warned.

According to the Jakarta Post, the "auburn haired" creatures may be facing extinction as they can now only be found in the north of Sumatra and Aceh, areas which are both being hit by deforestation.


This week sees the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) launch Orangutan Carling Week.

Speaking to that source, Dewi Kastari from SOS said: "All round the world, organisations caring for orangutans are working together this week to raise awareness of the plight of orangutans. SOS is visiting schools in Bali to teach students the value of our Indonesian jungles and how critical their protection is for the survival of orangutans."

Meanwhile, those interested in rainforest protection may be interested to know that until Sunday November 15th it is International Orangutan Awareness Week.

According to Orangutan Foundation International the animal could be extinct in the wild in ten to 20 years.

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