The story of humans and orangutans has a very deep history. It is known that early cavemen often kept them as pets.
The future for orangutans is certainly one that is in trouble. In the past decade the number of them in the wild has dropped by 50%.
Orangutan Conservation Efforts
Both species of orangutans are in danger of becoming extinct which is why you will find so many conservation efforts in place to help them.
It is believed that orangutan hunting has taken place since the beginning of time.