Scientists discovered a new species of orangutan hiding in the forests of Indonesia. However, it is already in danger of extinction.
Researchers recognized six species of existing great apes: Sumatran orangutans, Bornean orangutans, eastern gorillas, western gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.
Meanwhile, the now seventh recognized species of orangutan is Tapanuli Orangutan or Pongo tapanuliensis. Its abode is in the Batang Toru Forest in Sumatra in Indonesia.
However, there are only 800 of the species now. This makes it as the endangered great ape species.
In neary 90 years, scientists finally introduced another new great-ape species, according to a report.
The primates live to a range of 1,100 square kilometers the Batang Toru forest in the Tapanuli districts of northern Sumatra.
The population lives separately from Sumatran Orangutans between 10,000 and 20,000 years.
Apart from genetic evidence of the discovery of the new species, other unique characteristics identified by researchers were diet, restriction of habitat to upland areas and the male’s long call.
Russell Mittermeier said this is a “remarkable discovery.” He leads the International Union for the Conservation of Nature,
Further, he said the Indonesian government is accountable to keep this species from being extinct.