Meet the Orange Giant which has been ousted by palm oil monocultures in Sumatra
The orange giant, the Orangutan, is only found on two islands world wide, on Sumatra and Borneo. Because of agriculture in general and specific palm oil monocultures their space to live shrinks from year to year. Not only the Orangutan is suffering from shrinking forests he can lives in also lots of other animals are missing the rain forest to live in. The deforestation happens because of the space which is used to plant palm oil palm trees in huge monocultures.
In this documentation we decided to travel to Bukit Lawang in Sumatra, hire a guide and explore the Jungle which is left. A couple of days far away from civilization and human impact. It was an amazing adventure and we have been surprised by the diversity and beauty of the flora and fauna in this Tropical Tainforest.
The tour started with some useful information about how to behave in front of the animals and how to respect mother nature. Then we headed right in to the heart of that jungle. In the very first steps of our adventure we passed some rubber trees. The locals cut the bark of the rubber tree and install the half of a coconut to collect the liquid rubber. It was interesting to learn about this process and our guide explained how also the rubber industry is suffering from the palm oil monocultures.
Even though it was not raining the air was pretty humid and the soil was wet. That made the hiking through the jungle pretty difficult because every step could slip away. It took only minutes when we discovered the first monkeys playing around.But the most impressive moment was when we encountered the orange giant: the Orangutan!
Disclaimer: Palm oil is not bad in general. It is a very efficient type of oil, probably the most efficient when it come to input and output ratio. We consume lots of oil in several products and that is a fact and hard to change because there is no substitute ingredient nowadays. Palm oil is not the only reason for deforestation. The meat industry, because of cattle farming, causes most of the deforestation worldwide.
(this is no scientific report, this is my own perspective on this case.)
Sumatra Jungle Tour | Travel Vlog 95
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