The Effects of Deforestation on Wildlife: Profiles

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The orangutan is a fascinating animal that can be found relaxing and swinging from tree to tree in rainforests of higher elevations. Sometimes they are found in lowland swamps, but mainly they are up in the trees sleeping or on a mad hunt for fresh fruit in the trees. Being that orangutans reproduce every seven or eight months, and typically only have one offspring (like humans) they are deeply affected when their habitat is torn down. Deforestation causes orangutans to lose their sources of food and community amongst each other. They are one of the biggest mammals to live in trees and need a lot of space and food to function and reproduce. Not only is there illegal destruction of the rainforest to increase agriculture productions, but there is also illegal wildlife trade so that poachers can make money. Unfortunately, as a result there “has been [a] loss of some 80 percent of the orangutans’ habitat in just the last two decades.” The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is doing a lot to try to raise concern and help stop deforestation and the destruction of these precious animals.

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Jaguars are amazing animals that are often on the hunt for food or mates. They are constantly in action and love the habitat and climate of the rainforest, sometimes they can even be found in grassy areas near water. Because of deforestation, their habitat is slowly but surely being eliminated. Jaguars' hunting patterns are very distinct and can be easily thrown off by the slightest things like a road being built or land being cleared. With their highly desirable fur, they are already subject to illegal poaching. This creature is one of the top predators in the ecosystem and without it, there would be a huge gap in the food chain, which could potentially throw off other species. Sadly, “because of the effect of hunting and deforestation on jaguars, there are only approximately 15,000 worldwide." And that number is steadily decreasing. Hopefully, their habitats will be restored and saved so that this amazing animal can be around for yea