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Story Publication logo August 5, 2022

Documentary: Destruction of Sipora Primate Habitat


An excavator machine is being driven around a forest.

The threats to four endemic primates and the biodiversity of Sipora Island

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This story excerpt was translated from Bahasa Indonesia. To read the original story in full, visit Mentawai Kita. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.

In April 2021, the forest became a haven for four endemic Mentawai primates, namely Bilou, Joja, Simakobu and Bokkoi. Besides the primates, many other endemic animals and plants also live in the forest.

Although inhabited by endemic primates, there is no legal protection of this forest area for conservation.

In 2022, the Berkat forest was massively logged, causing the primate habitat to be destroyed.

Watch the full documentary below: