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About the Rainforest

Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth’s surface area, the world’s rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth’s plants and animals.

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    Tanjung Puting is best known for the largest wild orangutan population in the world and for the long-term wild orangutan studies of Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas. It also has 9 species of primates


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    Palm oil is the most widely used vegtable oil in the world, having even surpassed soya in terms of usage. Surging global demand for palm oil has fueled massive forest destruction throughout Indonesia and Malaysia, countries that together account for 85% of the world’s palm oil production.


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    Indonesia is one of the five most species-diverse countries in the world, home to 12% of all mammal species, 16% of all reptile and amphibian species, and 17% of all bird species. It also contains 33% of insect species, 24% of fungi species, and 10% of higher plant species.


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    The magnitude of illegal logging is significant. Research indicates that over 70 per cent of timber processed in Indonesia comes from illegal sources.


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