Indonesia’s incredible wildlife
by Jason Schwartz
March 3, 2014
© Greenpeace / Tom Jefferson
Happy World Wildlife Day!
If you havent already noticed, we here at Greenpeace are focusing our attention on the critical challenges faced by the forests of Indonesia. Those forests host some of the most spectacular animals we have.
In fact, Indonesia contains up to 15% of all biodiversity on the planet.
Indonesia’s great, old-growth forests and their wildlife are under immense pressure from forest products linked to deforestation. Through the action of Greenpeace supporters, we can push brands like Head & Shoulders to commit to forest protection. Already, more than 400,000 people have signed our petition calling for Procter & Gamble, which makes Head & Shoulders, to stop sourcing dirty palm oil.
On this World Wildlife Day, we thought wed remind Procter & Gamble, and all the other companies who still havent switched to forest-friendly products, what we all stand to lose if Indonesias forests continue to be exploited.
1. Sumatran Tigers
The Sumatran tiger is one of the rarest tigers in the world, with a population that may be as low as 400 individuals. Saving this incredible species the smallest of tigers requires a commitment to conserve forests.
Orangutans only live in the forests of Indonesia. Orangutans. Enough said.
Indonesiahas more endemic bird species than any other country. Many, like the Sumatran ground cuckoo,are so rare that only a handful of photos of them even exist.
4. Sumatran Rhinoceros
Sumatran rhinos are barely hanging on, with probably fewer than 300 individuals remaining. They are covered in reddish brown hair.
5. The Pygmy elephant
The pygmy elephant lives in forests and is highly vulnerable to logging and habitat destruction.
6. Tree kangaroos
Yes, tree kangaroos exist. They are kangaroos that live in trees. Indonesian trees, the ones that make up Indonesian forests.
This is just a small hint of the incredible biodiversity and wildlife in Indonesian forests. If we can get companies like Nestle, Unilever, and L’Oreal to commit to forest-safe palm oil, surely we can get Procter & Gamble to do it too. Please, sign the petition, and help us ensure the habitat of Indonesia’s wildlife.