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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