Hungry villagers kill hundreds of orangutans for food

Richard Shears
Daily Mail
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.

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