An orphaned orangutan baby plays in a tree at a rescue centre in Borneo. The most comprehensive study of Borneo’s orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase. Photo: AFP

Borneo’s orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999, new study finds

Researchers said the population estimates are larger than previously estimated, but so is the rate of decline

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An orphaned orangutan baby plays in a tree at a rescue centre in Borneo. The most comprehensive study of Borneo’s orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase. Photo: AFP
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