Hundreds of orangutans slaughtered in Indonesia

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An activist of the Center for Orangutan Protection has his face painted as orangutan during a protest demanding improvement of orangutans' welfare by the government at Jakarta's Ragunan Zoo outside the governor's office in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. The activists said that the zoo did not provide decent living environment for their orangutans causing them to fall into depression. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra islands are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo killed at least 750 endangered orangutans in a year, some to protect crops from being raided and others for their meat, a new survey shows. As a result, most of the remaining 50,000 to 60,000 apes live in scattered, degraded forests, putting them in frequent, and often deadly, conflict with humans. (AP)

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