Orangutans fight for their survival on a protected island
Sumatran orangutans are designated as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, with a population of just a few thousand, while the Borneo orangutan is considered Threatened. The UN calls the current status of the remaining orangutans “a conservation emergency.” Habitat destruction caused by the massive expansion of palm oil plantations is a primary reason orangutans are facing the threat of extinction. http://ran.org/indonesia%E2%80%99s-rainforests-biodiversity-and-endangered-species
Red kite in a southern Sweden blizzard • photo: Henrik Just. The Red Kite is a Near Threatened species of hawk that lives across much of Northern Europe. It winters as far south as northern Africa. The greatest threats to this species are pesticide use and habitat destruction.