The orangutan is on the edge of the abyss

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The orangutan is on the edge of the abyss

Truly alarming figures on the survival of this beautiful and vulnerable primate species were revealed during World Orangutan Day. IUCN said orangutan is dying out, putting the animal on its red list. Up to 100 years ago there were more than 230,000 specimens of the species, now it is estimated about 104,700 specimens of Bornean orangutan, 7,500 of Sumatran orangutan and 800 of Tanopuli orangutan, the most endangered species among the great apes.

Poaching is doing its bad part. Many orangutans are captured and sold on the black market to end up in the hands of hunters of rare and exotic animals, many others are exterminated because they are considered a threat to farms and crops.

The disappearance of the rainforest, the natural habitat of the orangutan, supplanted by pastures and fields for the cultivation of palm oil palm, drastically reducing the area essential for the survival of the animal. A truly dramatic end.

Chinese Mine is driving guinea chimpanzees to extinction

A gigantic iron mine in Guinea threatens to permanently extinguish the chimpanzee, already at risk of extinction, being on the IUCN red list. Building the necessary infrastructure would cost many animal lives and the destruction of a habitat that is now small and essential for the small number of chimps left.

The unexploited iron mine, the largest in the world, is located in the Simandou mountains, and is now owned by China, despite being in Guinea. The deposits contain more than 8.6 billion tons of iron ore with an average mineral content of 65%.

According to the IUCN, in 2016 the population of western chimpanzees decreased by 80% from 1990 to 2014. It is therefore one step away from extinction in the wild. The entire area of ​​Guinea is home to nearly two-thirds of the remaining 52,800 western chimpanzees estimated to be in the wild,.

According to a Reuters analysis of satellite images provided by Planet Labs, extensive tunnel work has been underway for several months. An image from June 28 shows two main construction areas at either end of the tunnel, connected by a new access road through the mountains.

To carry out the construction of the infrastructure, the Chinese must blow up a railway tunnel in what is the habitat for a species of chimpanzee in danger of extinction. Unbelievable but true: it would seem that the permissions would be given.