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Bill Clinton Hangs With Orangutans

The former president spent a few hours visiting orphan orangutans in Borneo.

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Last week, while visiting various Clinton Foundation projects in Southeast Asia, Bill Clinton stopped at Camp Leaky, an orangutan rehabilitation center on the island of Borneo. Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, founder of Camp Leaky and Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), gave Clinton a tour of the rehab facility for orphaned orangutans.

Orangutans inhabit the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. However, rainforests across Southeast Asia are being destroyed at alarming rates by palm oil and logging companies. Due to the vast deforestation, populations of orangutans and hundreds of other species are plummeting. There are an estimated 50,000 - 70,000 orangutans left in the wild, according to OFI.

The Clinton Foundation website stated the former president was visiting Clinton Climate Initiative projects that are working to "conserve forest, protect biodiversity and support local communities through carbon credits."

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