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New orangutan population is discovered

April 13, 2009 at 2:04 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Va., April 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. environmental organization said it has discovered a new and significant population of the rarest primates on Earth -- Bornean orangutans.

A Nature Conservancy field team said although the exact number of orangutans found in a nearly inaccessible part of Borneo is still undetermined, it is believed a "medium density" of the primates exists in the 2-million-acre forested area in the Sangkulirant mountains.

"This is some welcome news on a generally gloomy conservation agenda," the organization said, since orangutan populations are rapidly decreasing under the various pressures on their forest habitats.

Nature Conservancy officials said the next step is to work with local governments to protect the orangutan habitats and keep orangutan populations from further declining.

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