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Fleeting Glimpses of Indonesia's Endangered Orangutans
Biography: Matt is a photojournalist and archaeologist based between Jackson Hole and Boston. Working alongside field researchers and nonprofit organizations, he currently writes and photographs articles related to culture, history, and conservation for... MORE
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Fleeting Glimpses of Indonesia's Endangered Orangutans
Copyright Matt Stirn 2022
Updated Apr 2022
Topics Activism, Animals, Conservation, Culture, Environment, Indonesia, Nature, Orangutan, Orangutans, Photography, Photojournalism, Sumatra
Since the 1980s, the vast majority of primary rainforest in Sumatra has been eliminated for agriculture and palm oil production. This fragile habitat is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse on the planet and is the only place where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and apes can be found in the same place. If nothing is done, it is expected that by 2030, all primary forests on Sumatra will disappear and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan will forever become extinct. Organizations including the Orangutan Information Center and Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary are spearheading efforts to rescue and protect wild orangutans, and to establish sustainable eco-tourism in Sumatra that will promote conservation. Photographed and written for The New York Times
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