Threatened Habitats

By Patrick janeway

What are threatened Habitats?

Threatened habitats are areas of land, particularly forests, that are in danger of disappearing. The plants, animals, and birds that live on these lands are subsequently at risk of endangerment or, in extreme circumstances, extinction. There are threatened habitats all over the world, but some of the most well-known are in tropical rainforests. For example the Borneo rainforest is being Illegally logged down


As in many tropical areas around the world, Borneo’s rainforests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals. The increase in these activities is being matched by a growth in illegal wildlife trade, as cleared forests provide easy access to more remote areas.
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Threatened Habitats; two sides to the story

Borneo is being cut down for resources such as timber, palm oil, pulp and mining resources. Many people need to cut down the forest for these resources. The timber is used for hundreds of things, palm oil can be used to make food such as peanut butter, cereals, chips, lollies and baked goods, to soaps, washing powders and cosmetics. Borneo also holds rich metal and mineral resources, including tin, copper, gold, silver, coal, diamonds, and different types of sand and stone. But what is this doing to the environment and the wildlife. Rampant poaching, assisted by the increasing number of roads and logging trails, poses a grave threat to Borneo’s endangered species. Also by cutting down the trees they are destroying homes for the beautiful and intelligent orangutans.

What is the Government doing?

Planning for conservation districts is the responsibility of local governments, but NGOs, research/education organizations and management agencies all need to be intricate in the effort. At a higher level, conservation districts must also work hand in hand with the central government to prepare a long-term enlargement plan.

Rain Forest Trust

The Borneo Rainforest Appeal aims to secure rainforest habitat vital for the survival of the Endangered Bornean orangutan and pygmy elephant in the wild in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Raising over $1.5 million dollars is a determined fundraising target, but it’s one that we feel is appropriate due to the fact that the lives of important populations of orangutans hang in the balance. Without our support, an unsafe rainforest corridor for seasonal movements of Borneo pygmy elephant is at pending risk of being severed.

The money raised will go towards private properties to create a permanent rainforest corridor. This will ensure the safety of the forest and the wildlife in it.

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