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Extinct Animals : Orangutan


Pongo pygmaeus
Endangered

Wild populations of this peaceful, intelligent, fruit-eating ape are now found only in northern Sumatra and Borneo. Judging from fossils found in southern China and northern Vietnam, the orangutan was, in prehistoric times, more widely distributed throughout the tropical lowland forests of southeast Asia. The world population now numbers between 15,000 and 30,000 in the wild and about 500 in zoos.

The major cause for the recent decline is the continuing destruction of the forests, and, to a lesser extent, the illegal killing of adult females to obtain juveniles for the animal trade. The species is now fully protected by law throughout its range, but enforcement is difficult in remote areas. Existing reserves in Sumatra and Borneo are important in the orangutan's survival. Additional reserves, forest management, and stricter control of international trade are also essential.

List Of Extinct/Endangered Animals
African Elephant
African Wild Dog
American Alligator
Asian Lion
Atlantic Ridley
Atlantic Salmon
Bald Eagle
Black Footed Ferret
Black Lemur
Blue Whale
Bowhead Whale
California Condor
Carolina Parakeet
Cheetah
Chimpanzee
Coelacanth
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Dodo
Eastern Cougar
Eskimo Curlew
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Extinct Mammals
Fin Whale
Florida Manatee
Galapagos Flightless Cormorant
Galapagos Flightless
Gaur
Gavial
Giant Anteater
Giant Armadillo
Giant Panda
Gorilla
Great Auk
Greater Prairie Chicken
Green Turtle
Grey Whale
Grizzly Bear
Humpback Whale
Imperial Parrot
Indian Rhinoceros
Jaguar
Japanese Crested Ibis
Kagu
Kakapo
Komodo Dragon
Leatherback Turtle
Leopard
Loggerhead Turtle
Mediterranean Monk Seal
Monkey Eating Eagle
Mountain Gorilla
Orangutan
Passenger Pigeon
Peregrine Falcon
Piping Plover
Pronghorned Antelope
Przewalski's Horse
Pygmy Hippopotamus
Sea Otter
Sei Whale
Shortnose Sturgeon
Sitema
Snow Leopard
Takahe
Tapir
Tiger
Trumpeter Swan
Vancouver Island Marmot
White Pelican
White Rhinoceros
Whooping Crane
Wild Ass
Wild Yak
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