Bornean orangutan is now critically endangered

Hope & Doris in the Tabin Reserve

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species now classifies the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) as critically endangered.  The status has been changed from endangered, which means the orangutan now faces "an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild".

This is incredibly sad news and proves just how much more we need to do to save the species from extinction.








The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. It uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. These criteria are relevant to all species and all regions of the world. With its strong scientific base, the IUCN Red List is recognized as the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity.

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