The Indonesian government has banned the domestic and international sale of ramin, a valuable tree species. "This has been done to protect the Tanjung Putting Park -- an important orangutan habitat," revealed Djamaludin Suryohadikusumo, the country's minister of forests. Illegal logging has destroyed large areas of the park, which is home to almost 500 orangutans. "The ban is the first step towards protecting the endangered species," said Allan Thorton, president of the Washington dc-based Environmental Investigation Agency, an environmental organisation. In recent years, the orangutan population has been dwindling at an alarming rate in Indonesia due to the destruction of their habitat.
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