Guess That Animal: Forest Edition

Who Am I? And How Can You Help Me?

I have an enormous appetite and a nose for all sorts of plants. I tramp around spreading seeds, so I help propagate other species; but I’m also very difficult to protect. Who am I?

The Asian Elephant—endangered. This species has been halved in recent decades due to habitat loss and poaching. Their range and diet makes them essential to conserving crucial plant species.

I’m the biggest carnivore on the island of Borneo. You’re more likely to see me hanging from a tree than sunning on a rock—if you can spot me at all. Who am I?

The Clouded Leopard—vulnerable. Oil palm expansion is highly threatening to the Sunda Clouded Leopard. This leopard became a separate species in 2006; we rarely see them in the wild and know little about their behavior.

I weigh in at well over 1000 pounds and, unlike many of my relatives, I have a coat of dark red hair. I may seem like a tough individual, but I’m in danger: many people hunt me for my horns. Who am I?

Sumatran Rhino—Critically Endangered. This is the smallest rhinoceros. They’ve been decimated by human-wildlife conflict, and less than 300 still survive.

I’m the smallest member of my family, but that barely bothers me. I mostly eat insects, but my penchant for certain plants and fruits gets me into trouble with crop-growers. Who am I?

Sun Bear—Vulnerable. This species spends a lot of time in trees and can damage plantation crops. As a result, its biggest threat is humans. Help support its habitat.

My name makes it seem like I should be hopping around Australia, but I live right here on the island of New Guinea. In fact, this is the only place I live. Who am I?

Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo—Critically Endangered. This cute little critter is increasingly threatened by habitat loss as its forests are converted to agricultural land.

I soar above the rainforests of Indonesia, a black-and-white streak in the sky. I’m found mostly on Java and Bali. Who am I?

Black-winged Starling—Critically Endangered. These birds were devastated by the caged-bird trade, and in recent years they’ve been pushed closer to extinction by agricultural conversion.

I am the Man of the Forest—one of humankind’s closest relatives. But deforestation and oil-palm plantations are diminishing my species rapidly. Who am I?

Bornean Orangutan—Endangered. Less than 55,000 of

these magnificent creatures

still survive—and reforming the way forestry works in Asia is key to keeping them around. How?

Many of these species could be helped by adjusting the ways forests are managed in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

By helping local people care for their forests in responsible ways, we can protect some of the world’s most threatened species—and you can help, too, by buying certified sustainable wood and paper products and by supporting our work.


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