This is part 2 of the Freeman article about his new expedition to find the orang pendek.
Kerinci Seblat National Park is huge, but it cannot hold out against human pressure forever. If we can prove the existence of a new species of ape in these jungles then the eyes of the world will be on Sumatra and pressure will be exerted on the Indonesian government to fight poaching, logging and to stem the tide of agriculture that is eating into the park.
No one knows how many orang pendek are left. It would be an unthinkable crime and a massive loss to science if this animal were allowed to slip into extinction before it is even officially recognised.
Source: Center for Fortean Zoology