The Tapanuli orangutan is a sensation. Only 800 animals are still alive, hidden in the forests of Sumatra. Their habitat is threatened by a Chinese dam.
Only a few months ago, in November 2017, scientists found that the orangutan in Tapanuli is a separate species and not a subspecies of the Sumatran Otrang-Utan. They gave him the name Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). Genome analysis has shown that the Tapanuli orangutan split off from the Borneo orangutan line 670,000 years ago. Pongo tapanuliensis is the rarest orangutan species.
In the forests south of Lake Toba live the last of their kind, 800 individuals. In the Batang Toru Forest, China’s state-owned Sinohydro plans to build a dam for a 510 MW power plant. The scientific world is petrified: the habitat of the rare Tapanuli orangutans is destroyed, a part of it is flooded and the end of the rarest primates is heralded.
Now is the last chance to avert the disaster. The petition will be handed over this week in Jakarta.
Text of the petition
To: President of China Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Indonesia Mr. Joko Widodo, CEO of Sinohydro, CEOs of State Power Pln. PLN
Dear President Xi Jinping, Dear President Joko Widodo, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The rare Tapanuli orangutan, first identified as a species of its own in 2017, lives in the Batang Toru forests. The scientific analyzes of the genome, morphology and behavior are a sensation: Together with the Tapanuli orangutan, three orangutan species are native to Indonesia. All three are at high risk, but the survival of the newly discovered species is particularly threatened. Mining, logging, poaching and plantation management are already decimating the biologically rich and diverse forests of Batang Toru. Scientists urge us to immediately and consistently protect the habitat of the Tapanuli orangutans.
Exactly, in this ecologically significant area, Sinohydro is planning a dam for a 510 MW power plant. The dam will cut through the habitat of the Tapanuli orangutans, isolate the individual populations and partially flood the area.
We urge you to do everything in your power to protect the Tapanuli orangutan. Do not plead guilty to extinguishing our closest relatives! Do not sacrifice the basics of life for short-term economic interests!
The planning of such major projects as the Batang Toru dam must unconditionally and unconditionally consider ecological and social criteria.
No dam in the orangutan habitat in Tapanuli!
Here is the Link with the Petition, please sign: https://www.regenwald.org/petitionen/1139/dringend-die-bulldozer-sind-im-anmarsch?mtu=346336797&t=4194
My best regards, Venus