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Ape num­bers drop: The num­ber of orang­utans on the is­land of Bor­neo plunged by about 150,000 in only 16 years from 1999, ac­cord­ing to a new study. There are now only around 70,000-100,000 of the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species left – and con­ser­va­tion­ists ex­pect num­bers to drop fur­ther in com­ing decades. The plunge is largely due to the de­struc­tion of Bor­neo’s forests, to make way for new palm oil and aca­cia plan­ta­tions, as well as log­ging and build­ing projects; more an­i­mals are also be­ing killed by hun­ters and farm­work­ers.

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