"There are no words to express how we feel about this," Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of IAR Indonesia, added. "All our efforts to protect orangutans and their habitat are in vain when fires destroy everything in an instant."
Nearly 5 million acres of land have burnt in the past few months alone, according to Indonesia's National Space and Aviation Agency (LAPAN). These ravaging fires are just part of ongoing environmental crises that have pushed animals out of their natural habitats. IAR is linking these runaway fires to global warming as the Paris climate talks unfold.
"The saddest image you can think of is a magnificent orangutan that should be traveling in the top of the canopy but instead has to drag itself on the ground, struggling even to find a standing tree suitable to make a nest," Gail Campbell-Smith, program manager of IAR Indonesia, said. "An extra concern is that, as habitat is wiped out, instances of human-orangutan conflict increase and these orangutans are in danger of being killed by farmers as they enter farms looking for food."