June 26, 2019

Indonesia, global superpower for Bornean orangutans

JAKARTA ( - When it comes to ensuring that the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan doesn’t face extinction, Indonesia undeniably remains a global superpower, as evidenced by the case of Sebangau National Park.

Sebangau National Park is a peat forest landscape spanning an area nearly 25 times the size of Amsterdam inhabited by between 6,000 and 9,000 Bornean orangutans.

As of today, this vast national park is still mostly composed of peat forests which serve as a relatively safe and permanent home to these Bornean orangutans.

13 logging concessions

It should be noted that almost all of the more than half a million hectares of the Sebangau National Park - which was legally designated as a national park in 2004 - were previously controlled by 13 logging concessions.

Ground-based evidence based on a spatial analysis conducted by the team confirms that the majority of the Sebangau National Park still consists of peat forests, as depicted in the recently-taken photos below (Jun 23). 

Far bigger than Brussels

The huge Sebangau National Park - covering an area  over 165 times the size of Brussels - is a stronghold standing firm against the threat of extinction to the Bornean orangutan.

This national park is part of the millions of hectares of protected areas in Indonesia that form a habitat for the Bornean orangutan, according to IUCN data.

This underlines Indonesia’s status as a global superpower in guaranteeing the continued survival of this critically-endangered species for generations to come. The following photos show the peat forests in the Sebangau National Park which play host to thousands of Bornean orangutans.

Continuing global superpower

Despite being frequently linked to deforestation-related issues, regardless of whether it is liked or disliked, Indonesia unquestionably remains a global superpower in tackling the potential extinction of the Bornean orangutan.

It is not only in the Sebangau National Park and other protected areas where Bornean orangutans continue to thrive. They also enjoy habitat set aside in existing palm oil concessions, as previously reported by (May 23).

In fact, their habitat extends beyond palm oil concessions, exemplified by the over 1000 Bornean orangutans currently still living in a logging concession, as also earlier reported by (Jun 10).

Given these facts, as home to most of the world’s Bornean orangutans and guarantor of their survival, Indonesia deserves respect from parties in all corners of the earth. Whether they like it or not, Indonesia will definitely continue to be the global superpower for Bornean orangutans.