Scouring the forests of Sumatra with a fleet of drones, researchers have uncovered valuable data that could help to protect the imperiled orangutan
Take Home Message: Using drones to count orangutan nests in Sumatra, researchers generated a better population estimate for the critically endangered species. Drones hold the potential to revolutionize population counts and improve conservation effectiveness. While orangutans benefit from drone monitoring, their populations are severely threatened by habitat destruction fueled by the demand for palm oil. You can help orangutans by paying attention to labels, avoiding certain snack brands, and eating less processed foods.