Despite the taboo and illegal nature of killing orangutans, researchers heard evidence of a direct killing from at least one person in 30 per cent of 79 villages surveyed in Indonesia’s Kalimantan region.
A federal government decision to reverse course on issuing an emergency order for the northern spotted owl has angered the British Columbia First Nation that asked for the protection of the endangered species.
The population has declined dramatically over the past 100 years. In the early 20th century, it is thought that there were probably several million breeding pairs. Today, fewer than 11,000 breeding pairs remain.