Deforestation is a major global issue, pitting industry against nature in the name of progress. The act of deforestation leaves in its wake hundreds and thousands of animals dead, dying, or with little to no chance of survival.
In one of the most heartbreaking images to demonstrate the true cost of deforestation, a lone orangutan clings desperately to the last tree standing in the forest that used to be her home.
International Animal Rescue (IAR) found her back in 2013. According to their reports, she had been "stranded, starving, and left to die." Her habitat was likely destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations.
"Thankfully, our team reached this orangutan just in time and were able to translocate her to safety."
The sorrow in this poor creature's eyes tells a very real tale of the true cost of the booming palm oil industry in Borneo and Sumatra. As forests are cleared to make room for plantations, orangutans are forced out. Many die from starvation or close encounters with humans.
IAR is desperately trying to save as much of the orangutan's natural habitat as possible in Borneo, but the rainforest continues to be cut down at alarming rates.
If you'd like to learn more about IAR's efforts to save the orangutans, you can do so here. You can also donate to their very worthy cause by clicking here.
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H/T: The Dodo | International Animal Rescue