World Orangutan Day
World Orangutan Day is held on August 19. This event in the second decade of the month August is annual. Help us
Happy World Orangutan Day! World Orangutan Events founded International Orangutan Day (which at one time was called World Orangutan Day) as a way to promote conservation and welfare. The organization also oversees Orangutan Caring Week, held in November of each year. This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these.
We humans share nearly 97% of the same DNA with orangutans, making them one of our closest relatives after apes.
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