Male Bornean Orangutan (Photo: Eric Kilby)
The largest population of the Critically Endangered Bornean orangutan is found in the Sabangau Forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. One of the most serious and urgent risks the orangutan faces here are forest fires. The Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) has developed a local Community Patrol Team that works to detect and extinguish fires that arise, prevent illegal logging, and rehabilitate degraded and burned forest through a habitat restoration and reforestation program. Funding from the Zoo supports Patrol Team operations.