The islands and peninsulas of Southeast Asia are the home of such iconic species as orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinoceros.

A Sumatran orangutan (named Musa) making and using a tool, while another (Ati) looks on. From Michelle’s research in Suaq Balimbing in 1999. The site was illegally logged in 1999-2000.

Breathtaking Beauty, Heartbreaking Deforestation

The rainforests of Sundaland have been disappearing faster in the last two decades than anywhere else on Earth. Forests are mostly being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations and other large agribusiness interests.

Protecting and Restoring Forests of Sundaland

These organizations are working to protect Southeast Asia’s rainforests and the species and people who live there: