Zoos Victoria support Don't Palm Us Off.130,000 petition signatures collected - This enormous public response will now be used as a catalyst to demonstrate the community's desire to change food labelling laws in an attempt to weaken our region's link to the palm oil crisis.
Did you know Palm oil is also found in cleaning products? Aware washing powder and Orange Power cleaning products are not only free of phosphates but also palm oil. A new partnership between Aware Environmental and Zoos Victoria means that they will now donate 5c from every Orange Power cleaning product to support our Don't Palm us Off campaign. Another great way you can help!
Don't Palm Us Off - Zoos Victoria Don't Palm us Off aims to increase the market for orang-utan friendly palm oil through mandatory labelling of the product in Australia and New Zealand. ... www.zoo.org.au/PalmOil
So; C.E.O. & Politicians of Malaysia & Indonesia, just what will you say when your children & grand children say why did you NOT DO ANYTHING to save the Orangutans? WE do not want to see JUST DOLLARS & NOT ANY ORANGUTANS.our friends at school say YOU KILLED THEM!
I got an email from Greenpeace today that said that Sinar Mas, Golden Agri-Resources has just unveiled a plan to stop destroying peatlands and forests in Indonesia. Great news I would say. Unfortunately their paper arm Asia Pulp and Paper still continues the devastation. This is definitely a step in the right direction though.
done and hoping that we can help make a difference...little voices for a major step in conscience
Important Message from Kate K.!!!!!:
"I got an email from Greenpeace today that said that Sinar Mas, Golden Agri-Resources has just unveiled a plan to stop destroying peatlands and forests in Indonesia. Great news I would say.
Unfortunately their paper arm Asia Pulp and Paper still continues the devastation.
This is definitely a step in the right direction though."
It's 5:43 a.m., here in Rome..... but I'm STILL "working" for the ENDANGERED SPECIES........... INVITE FRIENDS to JOIN Group & SIGN!!!!!!!!!! The more WE are, the more WE CAN BE HEARD!!!!!!!!!! Hugssssssss to Everybody
signed thanks for all your work., michela
I already signed, thank you, Michela! If I could I signed the petition twice!
Thanks, Antonio, I usualy sign more than once,
using different E-Mails... Ciao!!
Signed again, Michela. I took your advice and used a different email for the second signing! Ciao!!
Hi friends, Posts are being "truncated" (see above) I don't know what is happening in the Post EDITING System here on Care2... I was trying to make corrections to the Front Page Group Billboard because from a certain moment I was not able anymore to correct the space width of the Billboard: thus Invite friends, No. of Friends, Friends, Group Host etc. are automatically shown at the BOTTOM of the Front Page, not to the right. It's 1.30 a.m. here in Rome and it's exactly 13 hours I'm trying to make the above corrections....I also didn't have lunch nor dinner.. no problem if one gets a result, but in this case, that nothing works... I'm tired, angry, upset...!!!!!!!
Dear Michela, How frustrated you must feel! So many hours of work and nothing came out right. Plus you didn't get a chance to eat. There's something wierd going on with Care2. I couldn't even make the font bigger now...I was not given a choice. No icons on top of the area to write in. Have something to eat and go to bed. Hopefully things will straighten themselves out in the morning and you can work on the billboard again. Good Luck and good night. Hugs, Lynn
Well said Lynn. The energy that Michela shows wears me out.
Thanks, Wendy. Michela amazes me with her stamina, her dedication and her perserverance to get the job done. She's a credit to Care2!
Marleen, use a different E-Mail Hugs! Michela
I have already invited almost all of my friends and I can see that some of them have accepted my invitation, because I met them here.
Signed it Michela! Good luck with this.
supported and signed
SIGNED AGAIN WITH OTHER E MAIL ADRESS
Signed with other email address.
Signed! Thanks Michela. Palm oil production is a huge problem that needs to stop yesterday!
Dear Michela,have already signed,Thank you for all your hard work you do for the Oranutans you are wonderful dear friend....Hugs Liz Xx
Palm oil Bill passed the Senate, in Australia http://tarongazoo.cmail4.com/t/ViewEmail/r/F470EA2B6799F303/E720D557435E2F9D775FA7C4C6318CD9
THANKS FOR THE INFO, SIGNED AND NOTED!
2 signs tks
Signed and shared.Thankyou Michela
Thank you Michela, Bruce Forster signed.
Glad to see people here acknowledging you for the amazing and caring person you are.
signed twice and shared thanks Michela
" You may not sign twice "
sorry mon cher, I tried.
Pat, this is why I always SIGN USING DIFFERENT E-MAILS!!!! Hugssssssssss michela
Signed of course !
You're right time is running !
Bravo.......Michela M. Gladly signed you petitions. Your an Angel in time for all that you do.
I could only watch a few videos before I couldn't stop crying. I wish more humans would wake up to this destruction, thank you Michela. I will share this link to videos.
Also, signed petition again using other email but said 4121 signatures before and after signed and confirmed email.
This is devastating to say the least. Thank you, Michela for bringing this to our attention. I couldn't watch the videos I'm afraid... that's not to say I'm not concerned about what is happening... I know it would upset me too much. I wish these issues would be more known to the general public.
Palm Oil - Other uses
Palm Oil became a highly sought-after commodity by British traders, for use as an industrial Lubricant for machinery during Britain's Industrial Revolution; the basis of Soap products, such as Lever Brothers' (now Unilever) "Sunlight Soap", and the American Palmolive brand; derivatives of palmitic acid were used with naphta during World WarII to produce Napalm; to create Biodiesel.
News: Activists Call for Halt in Orangutan Skull Trade http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/activists-call-for-halt-in-orangutan-skull-trade/463924 Hardi Baktiantoro, Director of the Center for Orangutan Protection belonged to my friends’ group when I was on Facebook: “The trade in Illegal Orangutan skulls still continues in souvenir shops in Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan; and Balikpapan, East Kalimantan,” Orangutan skulls could fetch between $60 and $235 each. The skulls were obtained from villagers living near Palm Oil plantations and forest preserves. “Orangutans that are trapped in the fragmented Forests easily get shot. And after a month, the hunter will be back to the area and take the skulls”
Info: A Happy Life Is a Long One for Orangutans http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110628191343.htm Lessons From The Orangutans: Upright Walking May Have Begun In The Trees http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070531150326.htm Orangutans Communicate As If They Were Playing Charades http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070802091437.htm
OMG! A Skull Trade. How Insane can one be to these beautiful animals. Animals are our warnings that technology can't predict. They see and hear what we can't and feel what we can't. They have feeling to just like humans and feel pain as we do.
My preferred motto is: This Earth is NOT INHERITED BY OUR FATHERS, BUT BORROWED FROM OUR CHILDREN!!! DON'T WE LET THAT OUR CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN MIGHT ASK US: DID YOUR GENERATION ANYTHING TO AVOID IT!!???
Barry Commoner, US biologist/environmentalist: "The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else."
Chief Seattle: “Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth”
Dalai Lama: “It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”
David Attenborough: “All life is related. And it enables us to construct with confidence. The complex tree that represents the history of life.”
Kofi Annan: “If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it.”
Luther Bear, Native American "The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."
Mahatma Gandhi: “One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats animals
Mark Twain: “Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one ... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.”
Plato, Greek Philosopher: “Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures”
Revelation 7:3. "Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees."
St. Francis of Assisi, patron Saint of Animals: "Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission, to be of service to them whenever they require it."
Steve Irwin: "I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction."
Stewart Udall: Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man.
Sydney Smith: "It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can."-
Thomas Berry, historian: "The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.".
Wangari Maathai: “We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!”
Wangari Maathai: “I have always believed that, no matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for.”
Wendell Berry: “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”
Signed! Sometimes it's very difficult for me to keep hoping but even if I can do only little, it's better than doing nothing. There I agree with Sydney Smith.
Care2 has over 17 million members now. It would be nice if they signed these petitions. Bear Hug!
Petition signed.I hope we can make this important petition a reality.
Signed both of these important petitions! #3,853 on second petition.
Hope that we can get palm oil labeled on all food products which contain this destructive ingredient. Great videos to see and share with others about the destruction of the rainforests- to see first hand, and the one about Green really touched my heart and soul! Such a tragedy the way we are treating our close relatives. There is power in numbers and together we can stop these tragedies.
You MUST look at this Video!!!!! The Sustainability Lie: a short film on Borneo's Palm Oil Industry http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/news/3195/the-sustainability-lie-a-film-about-the-dirty-palm-oil-business
Environment, Animals, Indigenous People, Climate DISASTER!!! Because of Big Corporations, the "PalmOil Mafia" GREED!!! Indigenous People arrested and treated like criminals because they don't want to leave their own land!!!!!!
News: US and Indonesia announce $28.5 million debt swap to protect Borneo’s Tropical Forests http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?201820
…Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, home to unique species such as Orangutans, Gibbons, Clouded Leopards, “Pygmy” Elephants, Hornbills, and up to 15,000 flowering plants.
News: U.S. and Indonesian Governments Work Together to Protect one of World’s Most Important Forests http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPresitem24283.html?enews=enews1110c
The U.S. and Indonesian Governments signed an agreement on Sept. 29 that will result in $28.5 Million in funding to protect a large block of Forest land in Borneo, Indonesia. This land provides a home to various wildlife, absorbs harmful carbon emissions and supplies local communities with jobs and firewood.
Thank you for the added video clips. It is good to be up dated on the important issues. I think I signed all of the petitions. There not enough green stars to give you for all the good you have done.
Sincere thenks & hugs..................Kathy.
yay an aussie petition! thanks, signed
I've added my signature. Thank you, Michela, for making this opportunity available to us.
SOB protest at "Peoples’ Climate Movement" GCF at the end of September in Palangkaraya Our rainforest campaigner’s work continues bearing fruit: At the beginning of July, Nordin, from SOB, informed us that the provincial police of Central Kalimantan has initiated official investigations against ten palm oil groups. Among them are major companies such as Wilmar, Agro Hope Group or Best Agro Group. “Typically, serious violations of the Forestry Code are the most frequently committed offences, i.e. the cutting down of trees to set up new plantations without prior approval of the Ministry in Jakarta“, explains Nordin.In July, numerous residents of various communities protested in the provincial capital of Palangkaraya against land theft and rainforest destruction by subsidiaries of palm oil giants Sinar Mas and Wilmar; the protesters being also supported by student organisations. The participating farmers urged the district government to revoke their prior permission for setting up new plantations of PT AMP until the protester’s demands have been met. For three days, they camped in front of the district parliament; however, the head of district, Darwan Ali, was not willing to enter into any dialogue. This should not come as a surprise, considering the fact that the activists of SOB and Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) have been on to him and his illegal doings for quite a while:
Report on Corruption in Central and West Kalimantan
After ten months of intense research, SOB and ICW presented their disturbing report to the governmental Corruption Eradication Commission on 26 September 2011: District governments in the provinces of Central and West Kalimantan had issued illegal operating licenses to several companies in order to enrich themselves. “These are mainly violations of the Forestry Code“, Nordin comments on his report. “In all the cases examined, forest was cut down to set up new palm oil plantations, despite the land not having been classified as available for agricultural use.“Darwan Ali, the Head of District of Seruyan, alone had issued licenses to 15 companies covering altogether 522,825 acres of forest area in Central Kalimantan. “It was tricky to find anything on these so-called companies,“ says Nordin. “Our research finally showed that all the companies joined the Wilmar Group. Once more, Wilmar is deeply involved in corruption and violations of several laws.“ According to the authors of this study, damages caused by these uncovered offences cost the Indonesian State about one billion US dollars.
Landmark Judgement: Numerous Plantations Deemed to Violate Indonesian Constitution As reported in our previous article, on 19 September 2011 the Indonesian Constitutional Court revoked two articles of the so-called ‘Plantation Law’ of 2004. This sensational court decision holds that numerous plantation companies were violating the Indonesian Constitution when they drove indigenous people and peasants off the plantation areas and had them arrested based on the sole fact that they did not tacitly acquiesce to being robbed off their own land and having their forests destroyed.Nordin – who, together with many other activists and affected parties, contributed considerably to this Constitutional Court ruling – now calls for swift consequences: “A great number of prior proceedings will have to be reopened, and affected parties need to be compensated for the injustice they have suffered. The companies involved must apologize for having criminalized, mistreated and arrested all these people. Also, this court ruling has now clearly proved that at the latest since 2004, many plantations have been in breach of the Indonesian Constitution, and their palm oil was produced illegally. This, in turn, means that all buyers of this palm oil have maintained business relations with Indonesian companies which violated our Indonesian Constitution.“And now, environmentalists are saying, nobody can rely on alleged sustainability labels such as RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palmoil) any longer – because these illegal monocultures even included so-called ‘certified plantations’...
Thank you for the great news, Michela!
P.S. I signed all the petitions.
i have gotten some others to sign them them
so many vids! thanks
WHAT A BEATIFUL TIGER PICTURE.
HOW DID I MISS THIS THREAD?
HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO..
THANKS FOR SHARING,CAN'T GET ENOUCH TIGER PHOTOS.
What a precious baby! Thanks for the photo.
Signed my dear!
All my stars to you Michela!
Your passion and dedication are a TRUE INSPIRATION!
ALL MY STARS TO YOU!
Ciao, Michelle >^..^<
Signed twice with two different e-mails! Thank you Michela for all you do!
I signed this Mic..... Twice
resigned both under diff email
Menari had to be bottle fed at first, because her mother, Feliz, couldn't get the hang of nursing. Zoo spokesman Sarah Burnette says Menari has been nursing ever since she was re-introduced to the exhibit, so that's unlikely to be a problem if Feliz has another baby.
But don't look for a baby brother or sister any time soon. The Pongo Foundation says wild Sumatran orangutans give birth every eight to nine years, and Burnette says that the species protection plan requires at least seven years between pregnancies. Menari was born June 10, 2009.
According to the Pongo Foundation -- named after the scientific name for the genus -- babies begin to move independently at about two years old, but it takes almost six years for the Sumatran orangutans to spend more than half their time more than about 6 ½ feet from their mothers.
It says Orangutans live an average 59 years in the wild, and females have at most four babies.
Both Borneo and Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered, and Sumatran Orangs are the more endangered species. According to the WWF, about 41,000 Orangutans live in the wild in Borneo, and about 7,500 in Sumatra.
again,using another email...
News: Source: Theresa N. A Happy Life Is a Long One for Orangutans
ScienceDaily (June 29, 2011) New research has shown that happier orangutans live longer which may shed light on the evolution of happiness in humans. The University of Edinburgh and the University of Arizona used an innovative approach to assessing happiness by asking keepers who work with orangutans to answer questions on the animals' behalf.
The keepers were asked how often the orangutan was in a good mood as opposed to a bad mood, how much it enjoyed social interactions and whether it was effective at achieving its goals. The keepers were also asked to speculate as to how happy they would be if they were the animal in question. Of the 184 orangutans included in the study those which were scored as happier by their keepers were significantly more likely to be alive up to seven years later. The effect remained even when factors such as sex, age and species were taken into account.
The Evolution of Happiness These results could shed light on how happiness evolved, not just in orangutans but all primates, including ourselves. "Already we have shown that certain personality traits linked to happiness share the same genetic basis in humans and chimpanzees. Studying these relationships across a wide range of species could yield fascinating insights into the evolutionary bases of happiness, depression and a host of other psychological characteristics that impact the lives of humans and a range of other species." One theory of how happiness evolved is sexual selection; a happier individual might be more attractive to the opposite sex because they are likely to live longer, and vice versa. Although happiness has been linked to longer life in humans, and now orangutans, the basis for this is not well-understood. "It is unlikely that happiness causes longer life, the association is almost certainly more complex." The next step for scientists in understanding the importance of happiness in the lives of orangutans will be to assess whether happiness and health are governed by the same genes.
Animal Welfare Applications This research also shows that the insight of orangutan keepers should be taken seriously as it can give vital information on the animal's well being. Using simple questions would provide an efficient, low cost method of assessing the well being of orangutans in zoos all over the world.
News from Greenpeace
Palm Oil Demand for Palm Oil is growing - and fast. Most of it ends up in hundreds of food products - from margarine and chocolate to cream cheese and oven chips - although it's also used in Cosmetics and increasingly, for use in Biodiesel. But the cost to the Environment and the Global Climate is devastating - to feed this demand, tropical Rainforests and Peatlands in South East Asia are being torn up to provide land for Palm Oil plantations.
Fruit from the Oil Palm
News: Mass Extinction: Animals Disappearing Fast http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/06/01/mass-extinction-animals-disappearing-fast-take-action/39990/ We are witnessing the largest mass extinction since the end of the dinosaurs. That humanity is at fault is beyond question, it’s our duty to save what species we can, both for their sakes and ours. Every animal that disappears from the Earth is a tragedy with enormous repercussions!! For example: Black, Javan, & Sumatran Rhinoceroses: inhabit the SEAsia Rainforests, but not for much longer (estimated: 300&50 respectively), confined to small, isolated pockets of forest, victims of poaching for Chinese medicine.
Thank you for signing the petition. <<signed/tweeted,and shared in facebook...thank you very much Michela
That's a great video, Michela! Thank you!
Signed, anything to stop this cruelty from taking place!
University of Colorado Doctors had an unexpected patient on their operating table last summer - a 44-year-old Orangutan named Sally from the Denver Zoo. Sally was suffering from anemia and had a large infected tumor in her uterus, so Denver Zoo Veterinarians called local Doctors for help.
Early in 2011, Denver Zoo veterinarians noticed that Sally, the eldest Denver Zoo Orangutan, was not her normal upbeat, spirited self and was showing signs of anemia. After a series of tests, the zoo vets discovered that the beloved Sumatran Orangutan had a large benign tumor in her abdomen and within several days she was no longer able to urinate or defecate on her own. Emergency surgery was deemed necessary and "Team Sally," a group of 7 Doctors, several Veterinarians and members of the Denver Zoo staff, was formed to help save Sally's life.
up to date.
thanks for all the great pics and stories.
Hope that sally recovers well from her surgery,it can be hard keeping them quiet.
as always,with respect
News: Heart of Borneo beating strong on 5th anniversary
Jakarta, Indonesia - A new report released by WWF to commemorate the Heart of Borneo (Ho Declaration’s 5th anniversary shines a positive light on the environmental status of this iconic 220,000 km2 landscape. Report analyses the environmental health of the area via 13 key targets and more than 50 indicators. The targets include Endangered animal Species, such as the Orang-utans, Rhino and Pygmy Elephant and a selection of Ecosystems such as lowland, heath and montane forests and river systems.
The bad news is that the HoB still remains under serious threat from: industrial conversion of natural Forest to Palm Oil & other agricultural crops, as well as Illegal Logging, unsustainable rates of legal timber extraction, Forest Fire, Mining and Over hunting of Wildlife.
Don't Palm Us Off signed #3988
petition.taronga.org.au under the maintenance
Thx so much [great Michela]
Video: Orangutan Release, Central Kalimantan
The release of 4 Orangutans from BOSF Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Project at Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest on February 28, 2012
News: Going Bach to the Forest
What is done to orangutans breaks my heart. Their environment is being destroyed with so much indifference from the people who are burning it that it makes me shiver. They are killed in the same, without respect for their lives abnd families.
I was thinking of King Karl, the longest living male orangutan in an European zoo (it's zoo for monkeys and primates) who died last month at the age of 52. Babies orangutans are cute and males are imposing.
Let's hope his counterparts in the natural habitat will be given the chance to live that long.
05/03/2012 - At least 115 companies have carried out mining activities in 471,714 hectares of productive & protected forests without licenses - a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) report.
The BPK, whose report was dated on Jan. 26, found that such activities have resulted in damage to Forests & will potentially cost the state. The BPK recommended that the Forestry Ministry sort out companies that are operating without proper licenses. In response, forestry & mining NGO Greenomics said the ministry has uncovered illegal mining practices in forested areas, but has yet to take clear follow-up measures.
“The Forestry Ministry should move faster, otherwise, Forest damage will be bigger, & so will the state’s losses due to the forest damage,” Greenomics executive director said. “All stakeholders need to follow up on the BPK’s recommendations.”Vicynthia: http://www.care2.com/news/member/949040051/3307048
Don't Palm us Off (Go Petition) signed using 3 emails today. 4034 signatures now. I agree with LD B that it's odd that this petition, launched on Oct 29,2,009 has so few signatures. I'm not sure how Go Petition works and how long a petition gets to run, or how it's delivered to it's target (each time it's signed, like Care2's, or as a whole when the writer decides to deliver it as 1 finished petition) I'd be interested in knowing this. It seems a long time to be running a petition.
Have missed these 2 petitions up till today. Will try to remember to do the one under maintenance later - they are confusing having the same name so I hope someone who hasn't signed the Tarongo.org one lets us know when it's running again. Now I must try to sign some petitions for butterfly points before going outside on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
Hope all are having a good weekend.
Video: Michael Jackson - Earth Song I cannot refrain myself… tears fall down on my face each time I watch this Video!!!!! All together WE can make a Difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World -Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Orangutans: The Burning Season
Watch Video: The Burning Season Trailer
Every year deliberately lit fires rage across Indonesia.
They destroy pristine Rainforest, endanger Orangutans and contribute to Climate Change.
A young carbon trading entrepreneur goes in search of a solution.
You seem to have the right friends to help you with your cause!
Video: Willie Smits: How to restore a Rainforest http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html
Biologist Willie Smits has devoted his life to saving the Forest Habitat of Orangutans, the "Thinkers of the jungle" As towns, farms & wars encroach on native Forests, Smits works to save what is left.
By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut Rainforest in Borneo, saving local Orangutans -- & creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile Ecosystems.
Source: Colette N.
Interesting video, which provides food for thought.
Devastating video in a devastated landscape.
Unbearable, devastating. Why do we keep on doing to great apes (and others) what we wouldn't stand? Why won't loggers and exploiters understand they destroy their/our own future on this planet???
Thank you. Your comment is very convincing (but you had already convinced me before). Our closest cousins should really be respected. Their environment, too.
Have a wonderful day and stay cool.
TV presenter Michaela Strachan made an emotional return to the country to film the series of hit BBC2 Orangutan Diary. Here, Michaela, 42, tells about the fantastic work being done at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BO & the plight of these adorable Primates.
Mankind’s mistreatment of orangutans is demonstrated in the huge rise in numbers at the BOS. They now look after more than 600, with around 17 newcomers every month.
Thanks for the news and videos. I loved the one about the orangutans and ipads. That is so cool!
This morning I chucked an article out of my shopping basket when i discovered palm oil in it (fudge). At least this stated they used palm oil so many products don't.
Viewed the videos. Orangutans are cute, gentle, but also intelligent. Their forest should be protected and restored without delay. Men of the forest have a right to keep their home.
Richard Zimmerman (was a friend of mine on Facebook), Founder of Orangutan Outreach, (Group where I recruited 1,200 friends & Donated $640 on FaceBook). Zimmerman said “Orangutans in zoos & other Primate facilities usually receive all the food & love they need. However, during winter months they are forced to spend long periods of time indoors, which is counter to their natural habitat. This can result in boredom & stunt social growth among other primates. They need stimulation, especially indoors. The zoo keepers can see the benefit from this sort of enrichment. We're doing this as enrichment as opposed to research. But researchers are getting involved, that's just not our jurisdiction."
Video: MJ and Mahal using the iPad
Richard Zimmerman, Executive Dir. of Orangutan Outreach, is building an "Apps For Apes" program with old, donated iPads. They're hoping to use a video-conferencing program to reconnect Orangutans with friends & family members transferred to other zoos.
Birute M. Galdikas, Orangutan Foundation Int.l studied them for more than 40yrs: Orangutans are among the most intelligent animals; in the wild: routinely use tools to scratch themselves, swat insects & create simple shelters; in captivity: Orangutans demonstrate remarkable creative-thinking skills, specifically in their ability to escape enclosures. "IPads seem to work for humans. It's not surprising that Orangutans, who share 97% of their genetic material with humans, like them, too."
I know personally Richard Zimmerman, Executive Director of Orangutan Outreach, from New York, he belonged to my Group when I was on FaceBook. I had recruited more than 1,200 friends to the Orangutan Outreach Group on FB, and also to Orangutan Land Trust, and I had made Donations.
I met him in Nov. 2009, in U.K. when I went there, purposely, to meet Lone Droscher-Nielsen, the Danish “Orangutan Hero”, for 2 Conferences she held in U.K.
Some pics are in: G.B.: Orangutans, Lone Droscher-Nielsen Presentations, Nov2009
Together with Richard Zimmerman, Michelle Desilets belonged to my Group of friends when I was on FB. I met her in the same occasion with Lone Droscher-Nielsen in London.
Some pics are in: G.B.: Orangutans, Lone Droscher-Nielsen Presentations, Nov2009
Video: GREEN trailer -a film by Patrick Rouxel http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Qfd0H9gmluo
Director talks about Palm Oil and Orangutans http://networkedblogs.com/e1p3K
Patrick Rouxel made a simple yet strikingly poignant film about a dying Orangutan named Green. By October 2010, the film had walked away with top honours at the world's most prestigious wildlife film festival. it's easy to see why…
Pls Watch Video!! GREEN (Palm Oil Deforestation)
On the Indonesian Rainforest, Deforestation & Orangutan EXTINCTION!!! Make sure everyone you know watches this Video. We owe it to our Cousins, the gentle Orangutans, we owe it to our Planet & we owe it to Ourselves so that we can learn from it. This silent film addresses itself both to Indonesians & consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world. Its message is clear&frightening. The fate of a female Orangutan, captured & brought in as her Forest home has been decimated. She is 1 of the lucky ones - most are slaughtered without mercy when caught. Her fate is not a happy one: her trauma at the hands of man is too great. Your heart will break with resounding pity, but it is even more sobering to know that she is only 1 of hundreds every week who will suffer a similar fate. The Home of the Orangutan & many other wildlife Species in Indonesia is being decimated at an alarming rate by consumer need & greed. Due to the widespread practice of 'slash & burn' to clear the lush Rainforest to make way for extensive Palm Oil plantations which we, the consumer, support in our demand for our favorite foods, magazines, cosmetics, & increasingly biofuel. This practice saw Indonesia move into 3rd place behind the US&China with CO2emissions due to the uncovering of peat soil which has lain, undisturbed, below the tropical Rainforest for centuries.
Michela, I had a very moving experience with an orang-utan this past October when I spent an afternoon at the 'world famous' (so they say...) 'zoo de La Palmyre' on France's Atlantic Coast. There was one Orang-utan, who seemed the oldest, among the group in their large compound area and no matter where this particular orang-utan was when new people arrived at the glass wall in front of the compound, he or she would leave its place to come up very close to the glass to see? to check out? to greet? the new arrivals. We stayed there for a while, which is how I came to notice this behavior. There was a small window at the side of their compound, too, & when we first arrived, this same orang-utan had come up & sat against this window when we were just on the other side. I came up close, but because the light was very dim in this area, I couldn't see its face. It stayed there as long as we were there.
At one point when we were at the glass wall at the front, and the orang-utan had again come up close to the other side, I put my hand against the glass wall & the orang-utan did likewise, so it was as though we were touching hands. I don't know anything about orang-utans, but this behavior certainly seemed very sociable & even friendly. If there are any orang-utan specialists out there, I would certainly be interested in finding out if this is typical orang-utan behavior or if this orang-utan at La Palmyre Zoo was special.
Left: A Pangolin is released into the wild by Natural Resources Conservation
Agency officials at a Forest in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Right: A young male Malayan Tapir explores a pool in its enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany
For the last 18 years, Cheryl Knott of Boston Univ. has been racing the clock. While she researches Orangutans in the Rainforests of Gunung Palung Nat.l Park in Borneo, the numbers of this magnificent Ape steadily plummet.
The outlook for Orangutans—one of our closest relatives—is dire because there are only a few tens of thousands of them currently left in the wild, & they are found in only 2 places: the Sumatran Rainforests, where they are Critically Endangered; & the Borneo Rainforests, where they are Endangered. The decline of the Sumatran & Bornean populations of Orangutans is caused by varied threats, such as Illegal Logging, the conversion of rain forest to Palm Oil plantations & farmland, Poaching & the Pet Trade.
Lovely to hear your thoughts and memories regarding Orang Utans and referring to your dissertation. Made me want to know more about you, Michela, too! Wasn't it amazing, their finding the population formerly unknown? Dear, dear photos. Tx to Michela, and thanks to all who share photos and information.
Palmed Off - A cleared forest area under development for Palm Oil plantations in Indonesia's central Kalimantan province is photographed from above on July 6, 2010. The aerial shot was taken as part of a media trip organized by Greenpeace, which has campaigned against Palm Oil expansion in forested areas in Indonesia. Almost 90% of the Palm Oil sold around the world comes from Indonesia & Malaysia. Since 1990, 6,200 square miles of Rainforests & Peatlands have been cleared to make way for Palm Oil plantations, a clear-cutting that has pushed Sumatran Tigers & Orangutans to the brink of extinction.
More info and photos on orangutan nest can be found at this links. I am only submitting a link, which I believe is OK to do, I'm not actually copying and submitting the info.
Just found your info on 200 orangutans just discovered in Borneo and info re their nest so interesting, Michela, and thx to Vic Bear for submitting it.
Let's hope the Sarawak govt. does protect them.
The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's 'tour' of Indonesia: started with high hopes that our peaceful campaigning ship would be able to support the Indonesian president's stated aims of ending Deforestation in Indonesia. But It ended with the Rainbow Warrior being denied vital supplies & being ordered – & escorted – out of Indonesian waters & well into international waters by 2 navy vessels, in breach of international maritime law.
Nov. 2010 Norway agreed to send $1Billion to Indonesia if the nation would put a moratorium on logging its natural Forests & Peat lands & replant degraded areas. This would reduce carbon emissions by millions of Tons & prevent widespread Habitat Loss. Indonesia accepted & the details were to be finalized at the Climate Summit in Cancun. But Indonesian Politicians & major Timber & PalmOil companies appear to be gaming the agreement. They plan on declaring millions of hectares of perfectly good Forest 'degraded' so they can cut it down & replant it to harvest Palm Oil & still collect the cool billion Indonesian industry would essentially be using funds intended to protect the nation's Forests to instead chop them down. Greenpeace reveals that Indonesia has concrete plans to expand its destructive PalmOil industry twofold, & "to triple its Pulp&Paper production by 2025", cutting down vast expanses of its Forest.
Peat Forest leveled for PalmOil in Riau, Indonesia
News: Norway Cuts Palm Oil Consumption 64% in One Year http://www.care2.com/greenliving/norway-cuts-palm-oil-consumption-64-in-one-year.html An Example for the Whole World!! As the Destruction of Rainforests accounts for one fifth of Global Emissions of Greenhouse Gasses, growing PalmOil in the way that the biggest producers of it grow it right now –Indonesia&Malaysia– has huge social & environmental costs. That’s why I was so pleased to read that a campaign led by Rainforest Foundation Norway has led to a massive reduction in PalmOil consumption in the Scandinavian Country. It’s an initiative that should be imitated around the world!
Norway: PalmOil consumption reduced by two thirds http://www.regnskog.no/languages/english/norway-palm-oil-consumption-reduced-by-two-thirds
Source: RC W.
News: Campaign cuts Norway's Palm Oil consumption 64% http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0725-palm-oil-norway.html# A campaign run by environmental activists has helped lead to a 87% reduction in Palm Oil use by 8 major Food Companies in Norway, reports Rainforest Foundation Norway, which led the effort.Source: Danuta W.
March 30, 2012 – “While the Norwegian Government is using a finger to save Rainforest, it uses a fist to destroy it.” Norway, at the same time that it is committing hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Rainforests Protection, is investing more than 13 Billion dollars/year via its pension fund in dozens of Companies linked to Deforestation. This political incoherence is documented in the report “Beauty and the Beast - Norway’s investments in rainforest protection and rainforest destruction”, by Rainforest Foundation Norway & Friends of the Earth Norway
The report finds that Norway's Government Pension Fund Global has stakes in Companies operating in the Palm Oil, Oil&Gas, Mining, Beef, Logging, Pulp&Paper, Soy & Hydroelectric energy sectors in key tropical forest countries. The investments dwarf the $500 million or so the Norwegian government commits annually toward reducing deforestation & forest degradation.
“While Norway has become internationally famous for its initiative towards Rainforest Protection, the truth is that the same Government invests far more money in some of the worst industries on Earth, responsible for massive Rainforest Destruction,” stated Lars Løvold, director of Rainforest Foundation Norway.
The Norwegian government keeps increasing its investments in industries widely known to be key forces behind Rainforest Destruction. At the same time as spending an annual 500 million USD & huge political capital on Rainforest Protection, Norway invests some 13,7 Billion dollars in industries destroying it.
News: Saving the Orangutan
Illegal logging and fires set to clear the land for Palm Oil production are destroying the Rainforest Habitat of the tree-dwelling Orangutan.
Homeless, the apes migrate in search of food.
If seen near Palm Oil crops, they will be shot or beaten by plantation workers.
The reception at villages is equally dangerous: fearing their crops will be eaten, local people kill wandering Adult Orangutans, their young, frequently maimed in the attacks, are sold into the cruelty of the Illegal Pet Trade.
Their Forest home is being destroyed; their young sold into the Pet Trade. Considered &lsquoests’, Adults are hunted and killed!!!
Carl Sagan: "If Chimpanzees (Orangutans) have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as `human rights'? How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?" Michela
Orangutan Babies hugging
Video: Don’t Palm Us Off!! http://www.zoo.org.au/PalmOil
Palm Oil typically costs the lives of up to 50 Orang-utans each week. Palm Oil is found in over 40% of the food products on our shelves.
Once Palm Oil is labelled, consumers can actually drive a market for proper certified sustainable palm oil because they can demand it of manufacturers.
Video "Luna", the Baby Orangutan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSzEv1dVejI&feature=player_embedded
News: Speaking of Orangutans http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2011/Orangutans.aspx
News: Save our Forests http://community.greencupboards.com/2011/10/04/save-our-forests/
Watch Video!! M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers 2012 Campaign
They do not deserve to be an EXTINCT Species!!!!
They are OUR closest Cousins!!! sharing 97% DNA with us, they are more similar to us than to Monkeys!!!!ownloadItem&g2_itemId=10002349&0.2053277988565434" border="0" width="363" height="550">
News: Shackled: One woman's campaign to save an Orang-Utan called Mely, who is chained up so paying tourists can see her misery
Misery: Mely is kept by the fisherman on a stinking verandah just yards from the jungle where she should be free to roam.
Unsuitable: Food given to Mely by the tourists who visit often makes her ill as it not part of her natural diet of angoes, insects, tree bark and young leaves. She’s thin but such an expressive, gentle animal. It breaks my heart to see her there
My love for Orang Utans derives from my experiences at the Singapore Zoo, one of the best I've ever seen, I've been there 5 times, last one in 2001. I have here, close to me, pics of Jasmine and Manuela with Orang Utans, of me with an Orang Utan Mother and her baby...
THAT was one of the most touching experience in my life: she had her baby on her shoulders, she was looking at me… very deeply in my eyes... so tender, so delicate, DEFENCELESS!!!!
THAT was what, in my Thesis, was called: “Incidental Determinants to the Personality” - i.e. without THAT touching experience (at the Zoo) probably I would not be here on Care2 usually until 4:30 - 5:00 a.m. speaking of Orang Utans!!!!
Actually, from THAT close contact and encounter and exchanging sincere deep feelings with our eyes, I take in great consideration our closest cousins, sharing 97% DNA with us!!!
In 2009, I went purposely to UK to meet Lone Droscher-Nielsen, the Danish "Orangutan Hero", for 2 Conferences.
I often go and see them, together with Chimpanzees, at "Monkey World" Gorillas at Howletts, UK. There, in a Zoo-similar situation, i.e. in “Monkey World”, and Howletts, U.K., I had the opportunity to notice e.g. how INTENSE the parental care is in Big Apes like Orangutans, Chimpanzees and Gorillas.
Some pics of Lone Conferences, Monkey World, & Howletts are on: http://picasaweb.google.com/michela.messineo
Did you know that Palm Oil is an ingredient in 1 in 4 food products? & that most of the World's supply comes from Indonesia & Malaysia, including the RAINFOREST home of the ENDANGERED Sumatran TIGER? (Java and Bali TIGERS are EXTINCT ALREADY!!!!)
To help support sustainable Palm Oil sources, the 1st step is for Palm Oil to be LABELLED on Food products. Currently, with no mandatory labelling, WE consumers do NOT know what is in the products we are purchasing!!! Thus, WE are unwillingly & unconsciously CONTRIBUTING to this Environmental Destruction & Slaughter!!! In the case of Orangutans - as they share 97% DNA with US - not Slaughter but GENOCIDE!!! Also most of Vegetarian & EVEN Vegan Products containing "Vegetable Oils" actually contain Palm Oil!!!!!
News from Greenpeace Palm Oil Demand for Palm Oil is growing - & fast. Most of it ends up in hundreds of food products from margarine & chocolate to cream cheese & oven chips although it's also used in Cosmetics & increasingly, in Biodiesel. But the cost to the Environment & the Global Climate is devastating - to feed this demand, tropical Rainforests & Peatlands in S.East Asia are being torn up to provide land for Palm Oil plantations. Fruit from the Oil Palm
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An Orangutan with a tranquilizer dart in his side - to make him sleep before rangers relocate him to another place on Borneo island, away from this PalmOil plantation. In the middle of Borneo island, a struggle against Deforestation is lead by Yayasan Orangutan Indonesia (Yayorin) who tries to convince Indigenous people not to sell their lands, vital to the Orangutans, to Palm Oil Cos.
News: Japanese Firms buying illegal timber from Malaysia’s Endangered Rainforests http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0910-dparker-sarawak-malaysia.html?fbfnpg Japanese Cos. are failing to keep illegally logged timber from entering their supply chains, Int.l Human Rights & Environmental Watchdog. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3640509
An Oil Palm plantation in Sarawak
News: Large-scale opposition among Borneo villagers to Deforestation http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0910-borneo-deforestation-opposition.html Nearly 2/3 of villagers surveyed across Rainforests in Indonesian & Malaysian Borneo are against large-scale Deforestation due to the adverse impacts on livelihoods & the environment. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3640002
News: Harrison Ford causes stir investigating Deforestation in Indonesia http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0909-harrison-ford-indonesia.html Harrison Ford sparked a complaint from Indonesia's top forest official after the actor asked a series of tough questions about ongoing Rainforest Destruction in the SE Asian nation Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3640003
Video: Harrison Ford in Tesso Nilo Nat.l Park, Indonesia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3nhksRj83o
Deforestation for Palm Oil in Indonesian Borneo
We couldn't have done & do WORSE to OUR Mother Earth than WHAT WE have done & WE are continuosly DOING (only for MONEY & GREED)!!!!! Probably, Mankind didn't DESERVE such a miracle of GIFT, i.e.: the incredible, stunning balance of Mother Earth with all living creatures in it!! michela
News: Harrison Ford's Environment Documentary Questions 'Shocked' Indonesian Forestry Minister http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/harrison-ford-environment-indonesia_n_3899141.html Indonesia's forestry minister has accused Hollywood legend Harrison Ford of subjecting him to a rude interview on Climate Change that left him "shocked". The "Indiana Jones" & "Star Wars" actor, who is making part of an environmental documentary in Indonesia, attacked the minister with questions during the encounter on Monday. The advisor said Ford & his crew "harassing state institutions", & added "If necessary, we will deport him". Desanka S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/293338294/3641297
News: Indonesia Jones visits the Orangutans http://opf.org/page/harry-visits-the-apes Hollywood actor Harrison Ford visited Nyaru Menteng as part of documentary filming project entitled The Years Living Dangerously. He is clearly concerned with environmental conservation efforts & the overall protection of wildlife. Thank you, Harrison! Desanka S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/293338294/3641288
International Day of Peace
Video: At the Heart of Peace: International Day of Peace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPaaUY9_j80&feature=player_embedded
This Peace Day, let's make a difference. Let's work together to spread care and appreciation. Peace & Love!! Hugs!! Michela
News: Saving the Clouded Leopard http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/23/Saving-the-clouded-leopard-Researchers-draw-up-conservation-plans-for-Sabahs-biggest-wild-cat.aspx Wildlife researchers are now in a better position to draw up conservation plans following the capture of one of Sabah’s most elusive wildlife animals, the Sunda Clouded Leopard. The 25kg male animal was trapped in the lower Kinabatangan region in Sabah’s east coast & released after being fitted with a satellite tracking collar in a collaborative project. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3646948
A Note added by Michela: Sabah, Malaysia, is located on the Northern portion of the island of Borneo.
A Sunda Clouded Leopard
News: What is the Price of Palm Oil? http://understory.ran.org/2013/07/03/what-is-the-price-of-palm-oil/ What is Palm Oil? Why are Rainforests being burned down for Palm Oil? How can you help stop Rainforests from being burned down for Palm Oil? These are good questions—& we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s most widely used edible oil. Read all about it in this blog, or better yet, download this palm oil FAQ as a PDF & share it with everyone you know.
Pics: Orangutans at Camp Leakey in Kalimantan http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/oct/08/wildlife A light-hearted glance at the Orangutans of Camp Leakey in Kalimantan, an Endangered Species that lives only in Borneo & Sumatra. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3654950
2. One more sweet potato won't hurt, will it?
News: David Attenborough supports effort to save Orangutan from extinction http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/30/david-attenborough-orangutan-from-extinction Conservationists aim to raise £1m in 2 weeks to protect key patches of Forest that provide lifeline for the Endangered Species. Jill V. http://www.care2.com/news/member/478413351/3651680
The Orangutan's natural Habitat has become fragmented by the encroachment of Oil Palm plantations
News: Celebrities aim to raise $1.6 million to keep Orangutan Forests from the the chopping block in Borneo http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1002-gen-orangutan-fundraiser.html Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie & Chris Packham are supporting an effort to save the Orangutan from extinction by raising £1m in just 2 weeks. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3651839
1.Orangutan at rehabilitation center in Malaysian Borneo. Many Orangutans have been orphaned by Forest loss & deliberate killing of Orangutans. 2. Oil Palm plantations
News: UK-financed Coal Mining is devastating Indonesian Borneo http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2100273/ukfinanced_coal_mining_is_devastating_indonesian_borneo.html New rules come into force today that require big UK Cos. to make their carbon emissions public but this won't put an end to the environmental degradation & breach of human rights caused by the UK-financed coal mining boom in Kalimantan, Borneo.......”Banks don’t have to tell the public exactly what fossil fuel projects they invest in” Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3653506
Video: Top five banks fuelling Climate Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk6AcoLq9J0&feature=player_embedded
Check out the graphic below from the RAN that explains how Palm Oil plantations are destroying the Rainforests
News: Palm Oil: the hidden ingredient causing an Ecological Disaster http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/1273788/palm_oil_the_hidden_ingredient_causing_an_ecological_disaster.html Palm oil is in our food, cleaning products & fuel. But it's destroying Rainforest & contributing to Climate Change. Sustainable certification schemes have been set up, but campaigners increasingly question whether they work…
Sustainable Palm Oil Conversation & debate http://betterpalmoildebate.org/debates/Why-sustainable-palm-oil-is-the-best-alternative-to-palm-oil Source: Dianne C.
Video, U.K. only: "Orangutans ~ The Great Escape" http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03c7vb4/Natural_World_20132014_Orangutans_The_Great_Ape_Escape/ It's part of the Natural World series, it's about the reintroduction process back to the wild of some of the Orangutans from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Sharon W.
News: Mining Road Plan Threatens Forest Restoration Project in Indonesia http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1029-dparker-harapan-road.html A plan for a coal transport road continues to threaten a project to restore one of the last remaining lowland forests in Sumatra. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3664675
source: Vicky P.
News: HSBC 'Funded Destruction of Indonesia Orangutan Rainforests by Palm Oil Giants' http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/520422/20131107/palm-oil-deforestation-hsbc-bumitama-triputra-agro.htm HSBC helped fund Palm Oil Cos. which have been blamed for wrecking large areas of Endangered Species' natural habitats. The bank was accused of breaking its own green rules by helping finance the destruction of Rainforests in Indonesia, placing in danger Orangutans & other Species that live there. More than $200m was lent to the Palm Oil producer Bumitama Agri. Deforestation by the firm in the region of Ketapang in W. Kalimantan triggered a rescue mission to save Orangutans. 4 of those saved were found close to death from starvation after their natural Habitat was destroyed & 2 more could not be found. Orangutans, which are unique to the island of Borneo, are on the brink of EXTINCTION, environmentalists warned. Source: Danuta W.
A baby Orangutan clings to his starving mother in deforested areas, Indonesia
Flattened forest of Ketapang in W. Kalimantan after Deforestation
Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to Deforestation in Brazil by 2015 & Globally by 2020 Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3155650
News: In pictures: Rainforests to Palm Oil http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0702-rainforests-to-palm-oil-photos.htmlAmazing photos showing what the Palm Oil industry is doing to our Rainforests. Borneo's ecosystems support a wide range of Species, none of which is better known than the Orangutan. Borneo has perhaps 90% of the world's surviving wild Orangutans. The Malaysian state of Sabah, in NE Borneo, has roughly 20% of the island's Orangutans, as well as small populations of Endangered Elephants & Sumatran Rhinos. Research has shown Sabah's Rainforests to be the most biologically diverse in Borneo & some of the richest on the planet, but like the rest of Borneo, Sabah's lowland forests have been aggressively logged for timber & then converted for Oil Palm plantations. Chris O.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/537645068/3404662
Fire on an Oil Palm plantation in Sabah
Orangutans: Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands & found all over Southeast Asia & Southern China, Orangutans are critically endangered today & found only in the tropical Rainforests of Borneo & Sumatra. Habitat loss (caused by logging & gold mining) has reduced the species’ wild population to between 15,000 & 25,000. Jun, a 3-month old female, rests in a baby cot on Orang Utan Island in Malaysia’s Bukit Merah Resort
News: Orangutans Communicate As If They Were Playing Charades http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070802091437.htm
ScienceDaily - When using gestures to get their points across, orangutans rely on the same basic strategy that humans follow when playing the popular game and intentionally modify or repeat hand (or other) signals based on the success or failure of their first attempt. Orangutans communicate as if they were playing charades, intentionally modifying or repeating hand signals based on the success or failure of their first attempt.
News: Genetic Archaeology Finds Parts of Human Genome More Closely Related to Orangutans Than Chimps http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110126131548.htm
ScienceDaily - In a study published online in Genome Research, in coordination with the publication of the orangutan genome sequence, scientists have presented the surprising finding that although orangutans and humans are more distantly related, some regions of our genomes are more alike than those of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. Because humans, chimps, and orangutans all have a common ancestor, it is possible that humans and orangutans may still share genetic variants that were later lost in more closely related primates.
News: Humans More Related To Orangutans Than Chimps http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090618084304.htm
ScienceDaily - Evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Orangutan climbing down a tree after a good night's rest.
From: Vic Bear - A population of 200 of the world's rarest Orangutans was found tucked away in the forests of the island of Borneo, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. All subspecies of Bornean Orangutans are listed as Endangered by the Int.l Union for Conservation of Nature. But scientists estimate just 3,000 to 4,500 individuals are left in the Subspecies known as Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus, making them the most severely threatened. Two-thousand of those live in the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Batang Ai Nat.l Park & Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary. The previously unknown population was found by conservationists near the Batang park, in an area covering about 54 sq. miles (140 sq. kilometers). Local communities apparently had been aware of the Apes, but no major research projects had been undertaken in the area until Feb., when conservations with WCS & other groups surveyed the region. They found a total of 995 Orangutan nests, including fresh nests that indicated the rare population was recently using the area. Previously, researchers studying fresh nests left by wild Orangutans in Indonesia found they are incredibly complex, made in the crooks of large branches. The Orangutans bend & interweave living branches about an inch (3 centimeters) wide to form the nest. "They are just bent. They can actually stay living & later on you can go back to them & see they are like an archeological artifact of all these strangely bent items", when the study was published last year in the journal Proceedings of the Nat.l Academy of Sciences. "It's very similar to weaving a basket, they have to break the branches, weave them together & form a nice, strong, rigid structure." The Sarawak state Gov.t is now mulling new protections (incl. new national parks) for the area where the hidden Orangutans were documented.A Mother with her baby
News: Orangutan found beheaded in Central Kalimantan http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/90575/orangutan-found-beheaded-in-central-kalimantan "The Orangutan was beheaded. The head was detached from the body". Local villagers were shocked when they found the decapitated body because they thought it was a body of a human being. An investigation was carried out, before the animal`s body was buried. The Orangutan was a male, between the age of 20 & 25. There are approx. 54,000 Orangutans in Kalimantan. The number is declining as their Habitat is destroyed. Source: Monika V.
News:Palm Oil giant to forgo development of New Guinea Rainforest http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1106-gar-papua.html?fbfnpg Many rare wild animals live in the Rainforest. GAR made the commitment in 2011 after a damaging campaign by Greenpeace cost it dozens of Corporate customers who were concerned about allegations of Forest & Peatland Destruction for new Oil Palm plantations. Victoria O.
GAR's existing plantation & forest concession in Papua New Guinea, the next frontier for Oil Palm expansion in Indonesia
News: How Palm Oil in Everything From Food to Fuel Is Killing Orangutans and Exacerbating Climate Change http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-palm-oil-industry-driving-orangutans-brink Check out the devastating photos from Indonesian & Malaysian Rainforests. Nov. 18, 2013 Palm oil. It’s the ubiquitous additive in everything from soaps & lotions to cookies & diet foods. It’s found in junk food like Cheez-Its, Tootsie Rolls, & M&Ms, but it’s also found in the products of more ecologically conscious Cos. like Ben & Jerry’s, Nature’s Way, & Toms of Maine. According to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Palm Oil can be found in almost half of the products found in grocery stores. The US consumes most of its 1.2 million metric tons of Palm Oil per year through these products. To meet this huge (& growing) demand, Palm Oil is being produced on vast industrial plantations, largely in Indonesia & Malaysia. Since 1990, the total area of Indonesia covered by Palm Oil plantations grew 600% to nearly 20 million acres (ab. the size of Maine). Source: Curzio B.
Palm Oil is the single biggest threat driving Orangutans toward extinction
How U.S. SNACK FOOD Brands are contributing to Orangutan Extinction, Climate Change and Human Rights Violations http://ran.org/conflict-palm-oil In Rainforests half a world away from the USA, Orangutans are making their last stand for survival. These gentle & intelligent animals, among humankind’s closest kin, could become extinct within our lifetime if their Rainforest homes continue to be destroyed for PalmOil plantations. But the primary threat pushing them toward extinction lies much closer to home than you may think: you’ll find it hidden in the snack food aisle of your local grocery store, & likely in your own shopping cart. The fate of the Orangutan, Forest Peoples, & some of the world’s most rich & important Rainforests hang in the balance!! Source: Curzio B.
Illegal Logging - No Conflict Palm Oil! http://www.energy-reality.org/action/illegal-logging/ More than half of Indonesia’s Rainforest, the 3rd-largest swath in the world, felled in a few years & permission granted to convert up to 70% of what remains into plantations. The Gov.t renewed a moratorium on the felling of rainforest, but nearly a million hectares are still being cut each year & the last pristine areas, as much of the logging still done is illegal. Source: Curzio B.
Last Stand of the Orangutans - No Conflict Palm Oil! Palm Oil is the single biggest threat driving Orangutans toward extinction; the best estimates place their population at just 60,600, & it’s shrinking quickly. The Tripa peatswamp Forest in Indonesia supports the highest density of Sumatran Orangutans anywhere on Earth, but are still being cleared by Palm Oil companies. During the past 10 years the Orangutan population decreased by approx. 50%. At present, 80% of Orangutan Habitat has been altered or lost. Source: Curzio B.
Palm Plantation from Above - No Conflict Palm Oil! Nearly all Palm Oil worldwide is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia & Malaysia, where Palm Oil plantations cover 16 million acres (about the size of Maine). Since 1990, the total area of Indonesia covered by Palm Oil plantations grew 600%. The Indonesian Gov.t has announced plans to convert approx..44 million more acres of Rainforests into Palm Oil plantations by 2020. Source: Curzio B.
Burning the Rainforests - No Conflict Palm Oil! http://www.energy-reality.org/action/burning-the-rainforests/ The long-smoldering fires continue to threaten Tripa peat swamp forest of Aceh, Indonesia & its remaining Orangutans. As recently as the 1960s, ab. 80% of Indonesia was forested. Indonesia now has 1 of the highest Deforestation rates in the world, with just under half of the country’s original forest cover remaining. Conservative studies suggest more than 2.4 million acres of Indonesian Rainforest is cleared & lost each year. Source: Curzio B.
Plight of the Sumatran Elephant - No Conflict Palm Oil! In Jan. 2013, the Int.l Union for the Conservation of Nature upgraded the status of Sumatran Elephants from Endangered to Critically Endangered, after tracking the loss of 69% of the animal’s habitat over the past 25years. With their Forest homes burned, felled or converted to Palm Oil & Pulp&Paper plantations, the wild population has fallen drastically. Few as 400 wild Elephants in Aceh, Sumatra. Source: Curzio B.
Endangered Species Trade - No Conflict Palm Oil! A Pigtail Macaque clings to the wire mess of its cage at Kandang, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Trade in Endangered Species is illegal in Indonesia, but prosecutions are rare. As Forests are increasingly cut down for Palm Oil plantations, trafficking in wildlife is growing. Source: Curzio B.
This Destruction is led by greed GREED
GREED: only because Palm Oil is the CHEAPEST Oil on the market!!
at the expenses of our Health (children, grandchildren);
at the expenses of the Environment (Global Warming);
at the expenses of Local People (Displacement & Injustice) at the expenses of Wildlife and Biodiversity (EXTINCTION)
Orangutan Mother with Baby on a tree
Orangutan Mother with her Baby on her shoulders
Orang Utans MUST live with their Mothers at least 7 - 8 years!! Their Mother HAS to TEACH them WHAT to EAT, HOW to CLIMB a tree, WHAT to FEAR (e.g. : Snakes). BUT their Mothers are KILLED: SHOT or BURNED ALIVE while they are in their nests up on the trees (30 meters high). When the Mother COLLAPSES to the ground and IF her baby is still alive, they SELL him as a PET to the ILLEGAL MARKET!!!! Sometimes rescuers find an Orphan ALIVE still with his Mother who DIED 3 or 4 DAYS BEFORE: STILL HUGGING HER!!! If Mother is killed with a Machete, sometimes they find the Orphan without one hand or leg…..
News: BHP in Indonesian Borneo: the coal disaster waiting to happen http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2013/11/19/3893451.htm BHP Billiton has a massive coal mine planned for Central Kalimantan. But local environmental activists are worried about its impact on people & forests. Australian Cos. are leading the race to cash in on this resource boom. The Indonesian Gov.t is often no help at all, & the police & military are well known for standing up for the rights of Corporations, not those of the 'Orang kampung', the people of the villages. Our Forests are also of global environmental significance. The heavily forested Upper Barito Basin is home to large populations of Orangutans & many other Species yet unknown to science. These Forests form a significant part of Borneo's mega-diverse & world-renowned Forest Ecosystems, supported with the 'Heart of Borneo' initiative, to protect them for their Biodiversity & carbon sequestration potential. The IndoMet concessions are located within the Heart of Borneo area. If BHP continues with its plans for open cut mines it will be a disaster for my people & it will be a disaster for these fragile ecosystems. We can't afford to allow our rivers to be polluted & our Forests cleared & see the profits go overseas. If the IndoMet project continue it will threaten our peoples' way of life. These are not only problems for Indonesian people. The extraction & burning of fossil fuels causes Climate Change which will affect people across the world. Raising awareness about these issues other people will raise their voices to support the struggle of the communities in the villages where my family lives. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3678037
Endangered Orangutans may be imperilled by a new coal development
News: Palm Oil or Rainforests: You Decide http://www.care2.com/causes/palm-oil-or-rainforests-you-decide.html
Palm Oil - A Rainforest’s Most Deadly Commodity http://www.care2.com/causes/palm-oil-a-rainforests-most-dangerous-commodity.html
Illegal Orangutan Skulls Found On Palm Oil Plantations http://www.care2.com/causes/illegal-orangutan-skulls-found-on-palm-oil-plantations.html
Palm Oil: A Rainforest’s Most Deadly Commodity http://www.care2.com/causes/palm-oil-a-rainforests-most-dangerous-commodity.html
Video: How Palm Oil Threatens Orangutans http://www.care2.com/causes/do-you-use-palm-oil-video.html