Orangutans are in danger of extinction.
Today, Asia’s only great ape is found exclusively on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra where less than 50,000 individuals are estimated to live.
According to the WWF, a century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans
Unfortunately, their tropical forest habitat is fast disappearing due to logging and agricultural schemes. Hunting and the pet trade are other major threats.
This month, the Wildlife In Need collectable silver coin series, which aims to highlight the plight of endangered animal species around the world, portrays an orangutan and its baby.
Like the previous Giant Panda release (sold out), the coin is made by The Perth Mint on behalf of Coin Club Australia.
Anyone anxious to support the WWF’s orangutan conservation projects can purchase the coin in the knowledge that Coin Club Australia will make a donation of $1.99 to the WWF Australia on their behalf.