The worldwide demand for palm oil is killing endangered species in Indonesia/Malaysia and Sumatra. The photo above (taken in January) is the close-up of a pregnant mother orang and her petrified daughter, both of whom were surrounded by a ragtag (and probably penniless) horde of palm oil plantation bounty hunters. The hunters were being paid a paltry sum to kill these “pests” if not for the heroic actions of a British NGO who rescued and later released them into a protected forest.
Here’s the actual full photo. The bounty hunters have surrounded them.
(Photo credit: BOS Foundation and Vier Pfoten)