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Orangutans are not the only species affected, but their situation represents the story of thousands of other species facing the same fate in southeast Asia. There are over 300,000 different animals found throughout the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra: Sumatran Tiger and Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Proboscis Monkey- many of which are injured, killed or displaced during deforestation.
There are also indirect effects from Palm Oil development. Road networks that are constructed to allow access for Palm Oil plantation workers and equipment to the forest, increase accessibility of these areas to poachers that are looking for these valuable animals. They are now able to sit and wait for their target where previously they had to trek through inaccessible areas of forest.