It's not just conflict that motivates killing of orangutans

Davis, Jacqueline T., Mengersen, Kerrie, Abram, Nicola K., Ancrenaz, Marc, Wells, Jessie A. and Meijaard, Erik (2013) It's not just conflict that motivates killing of orangutans. PloS One, 8 10: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075373


Author Davis, Jacqueline T.
Mengersen, Kerrie
Abram, Nicola K.
Ancrenaz, Marc
Wells, Jessie A.
Meijaard, Erik
Title It's not just conflict that motivates killing of orangutans
Journal name PloS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-10-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0075373
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 10
Total pages 11
Place of publication San Francisco, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Abstract We investigated why orangutans are being killed in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and the role of conflict in these killings. Based on an analysis of interview data from over 5,000 respondents in over 450 villages, we also assessed the socio-ecological factors associated with conflict and non-conflict killings. Most respondents never kill orangutans. Those who reported having personally killed an orangutan primarily did so for non-conflict reasons; for example, 56% of these respondents said that the reason they had killed an orangutan was to eat it. Of the conflict-related reasons for killing, the most common reasons orangutans were killed was fear of orangutans or in self-defence. A similar pattern was evident among reports of orangutan killing by other people in the villages. Regression analyses indicated that religion and the percentage of intact forest around villages were the strongest socio-ecological predictors of whether orangutans were killed for conflict or non-conflict related reasons. Our data indicate that between 44,170 and 66,570 orangutans were killed in Kalimantan within the respondents’ active hunting lifetimes: between 12,690 and 29,024 for conflict reasons (95%CI) and between 26,361 and 41,688 for nonconflict reasons (95% CI). These findings confirm that habitat protection alone will not ensure the survival of orangutans in Indonesian Borneo, and that effective reduction of orangutan killings is urgently needed.
Keyword Social-desirability bias
Forests
Conservation
Primates
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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