It is illegal to kill, capture or harm an orangutan in Malaysia and Indonesia. The arm of the law, however, often fails to protect orangutans from deforestation, poaching, forest fires and habitat fragmentation. Today, only 104,700 orangutans remain on the island of Borneo.
Protecting their environment from further degradation is more important than anything else. In the long run, we hope to help the orangutans and villagers live harmoniously in relative proximity. The pet and bushmeat trade will only die when there is a major shift in local perceptions and awareness.