November 3, 2011
Hundreds of orangutans have been killed for food by villagers in Borneo as man and beast struggle for survival, a shock report revealed today.
Almost 700 of the great apes – whose name means man of the forest – have been slaughtered in the rainforests by hungry villagers, while starving animals have moved in the other direction, encroaching onto farmland looking for food.
A survey by a nature group in Indonesia – which shares occupation of Borneo with Malaysia – reveals that 691 orangutans were slaughtered in Kalimatan, Indonesia’s larger portion of the island.
Miss Suci Utami Atmoko, a field co-ordinator with The Nature Conservancy, said hunger was the main reason for killing and eating the orang-utans.