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Global Demand for Natural Resources Eliminated More Than 100,000 Bornean Orangutans

Overview of attention for article published in Current Biology, February 2018
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428 tweeters
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5 Redditors
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Global Demand for Natural Resources Eliminated More Than 100,000 Bornean Orangutans
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Current Biology, February 2018
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.053
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Voigt, Maria, Wich, Serge A., Ancrenaz, Marc, Meijaard, Erik, Abram, Nicola, Banes, Graham L., Campbell-Smith, Gail, d’Arcy, Laura J., Delgado, Roberto A., Erman, Andi, Gaveau, David, Goossens, Benoit, Heinicke, Stefanie, Houghton, Max, Husson, Simon J., Leiman, Ashley, Sanchez, Karmele Llano, Makinuddin, Niel, Marshall, Andrew J., Meididit, Ari, Miettinen, Jukka, Mundry, Roger, Musnanda, Nardiyono, Nurcahyo, Anton, Odom, Kisar, Panda, Adventus, Prasetyo, Didik, Priadjati, Aldrianto, Purnomo, Rafiastanto, Andjar, Russon, Anne E., Santika, Truly, Sihite, Jamartin, Spehar, Stephanie, Struebig, Matthew, Sulbaran-Romero, Enrique, Tjiu, Albertus, Wells, Jessie, Wilson, Kerrie A., Kühl, Hjalmar S., Maria Voigt, Serge A. Wich, Marc Ancrenaz, Erik Meijaard, Nicola Abram, Graham L. Banes, Gail Campbell-Smith, Laura J. d’Arcy, Roberto A. Delgado, Andi Erman, David Gaveau, Benoit Goossens, Stefanie Heinicke, Max Houghton, Simon J. Husson, Ashley Leiman, Karmele Llano Sanchez, Niel Makinuddin, Andrew J. Marshall, Ari Meididit, Jukka Miettinen, Roger Mundry, Anton Nurcahyo, Kisar Odom, Adventus Panda, Didik Prasetyo, Aldrianto Priadjati, Andjar Rafiastanto, Anne E. Russon, Truly Santika, Jamartin Sihite, Stephanie Spehar, Matthew Struebig, Enrique Sulbaran-Romero, Albertus Tjiu, Jessie Wells, Kerrie A. Wilson, Hjalmar S. Kühl, Voigt, M., Wich, S.A., Ancrenaz, M., Meijaard, E., Abram, N., Banes, G.L., Campbell-Smith, G., d'Arcy, L.J., Delgado, R.A., Erman, A., Gaveau, D.L.A., Goossens, B., Heinicke, S., Houghton, M., Husson, S.J., Leiman, A., Llano Sanchez, K., Makinuddin, N., Marshall, A.J., Meididit, A., Miettinen, J., Mundry, R., Musnanda, Nardiyono, Nurcahyo, A., Odom, K., Panda, A., Prasetyo, D., Priadjati, A., Purnomo, Rafiastanto, A., Russon, A.E., Santika, T., Sihite, J., Spehar, S., Struebig, M., Sulbaran-Romero, E., Tjiu, A., Wells, J., Wilson, K.A., Kühl, H.S.


Unsustainable exploitation of natural resources is increasingly affecting the highly biodiverse tropics [1, 2]. Although rapid developments in remote sensing technology have permitted more precise estimates of land-cover change over large spatial scales [3-5], our knowledge about the effects of these changes on wildlife is much more sparse [6, 7]. Here we use field survey data, predictive density distribution modeling, and remote sensing to investigate the impact of resource use and land-use changes on the density distribution of Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Our models indicate that between 1999 and 2015, half of the orangutan population was affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialized plantations. Although land clearance caused the most dramatic rates of decline, it accounted for only a small proportion of the total loss. A much larger number of orangutans were lost in selectively logged and primary forests, where rates of decline were less precipitous, but where far more orangutans are found. This suggests that further drivers, independent of land-use change, contribute to orangutan loss. This finding is consistent with studies reporting hunting as a major cause in orangutan decline [8-10]. Our predictions of orangutan abundance loss across Borneo suggest that the population decreased by more than 100,000 individuals, corroborating recent estimates of decline [11]. Practical solutions to prevent future orangutan decline can only be realized by addressing its complex causes in a holistic manner across political and societal sectors, such as in land-use planning, resource exploitation, infrastructure development, and education, and by increasing long-term sustainability [12].

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 57 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 26%
Student > Master 13 23%
Researcher 9 16%
Unspecified 6 11%
Student > Bachelor 3 5%
Other 11 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 22 39%
Environmental Science 16 28%
Unspecified 6 11%
Social Sciences 6 11%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 4%
Other 5 9%

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