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Indonesian Animals

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Habitat loss

sumatran animal habitats

loads of poor sumatran animals have been suffering because people have been destroying elephant, tiger and orangutan habitats.

In 2012, the Sumatran elephant was changed from “Endangered” to “Critically Endangered” because half of its population has been lost in one generation—a decline that is largely due to habitat loss and as a result human-elephant conflict. Sumatra has experienced one of the highest rates of deforestation within the Asian elephant’s range, which has resulted in local extinctions of elephants in many areas. Over two-thirds of its natural lowland forest has been razed in the past 25 years and nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephant’s habitat has been destroyed in one generation.

Orangutan habitat in north Sumatra is being lost at an extremely high rate, mainly due to fire and conversion of forests to oil palm plantations and other agricultural development. This species depends on high-quality forests. Widespread forest fires, many set deliberately to clear land for plantations, are becoming a regular disaster. Not only do fires destroy vast areas of orangutan habitat, but thousands of these slow-moving apes are thought to have burned to death, unable to escape the flames.

Habitat for the Sumatran tiger has been drastically reduced by clearing for agriculture, plantations, and settlement. On many parts of the island, illegal timber harvesting and forest conversion are out of control. Approximately 25,868 square miles of forest—larger than the state of West Virginia— was lost in Sumatra between 1985 and 1997. Even protected areas face problems. National parks have been isolated from one another through forest conversion.

Sumatran Elephant