Berau Forest, East Kalimantan, Borneo
East Kalimantan Province, located on the eastern portion of the island of Borneo, boasts some of the last remaining large, untouched wilderness areas in all of Indonesia. Habitat loss continues to threaten species as well as illegal logging and hunting. SaveNature.Org is working throughout East Kalimantan's 78,000 square miles to protect an incredibly rare expanse of biologically rich tropical rainforests which aim to protect wildlife, enrich local communities and inspire forest conservation worldwide.
These forests are globally outstanding for bird and plant richness, with more than 380 birds, 11 types of primates, mouse deer, banteng, a species of wild cattle unique to Southeast Asia and an estimated 10,000 plant species found within its boundaries. Some of the most unique plants in the world are the five or six species of the parasitic Rafflesia plant found in Borneo. Unfortunately, these forests have been rapidly converted to oil palm plantations or commercially logged at unprecedented rates over the past ten years. Without immediate intervention to stem the loss of these forests, there will be no primary lowland forests remaining in Indonesian Borneo within ten years.
Through forest protection initiatives and your support, SaveNature.Org is helping to protect the Berau Forest in East Kalimantan to reduce emissions from deforestation and encourage the sustainable management of forests providing the region's people with compensation for stewarding forests in ways that will ensure their continued survival and prevent their stored carbon from polluting the atmosphere.
news from the forest
Orangutans, Pongo pygmaeus, are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world. They build nests from bent branches high up in the trees where they sleep at night. On average, female orangutans only give birth every eight years, making them the slowest breeding of all mammal species.Photo credit: Leophoto - Italy
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