Palm Oil is devastating the Environment
Anna N. Candy L.
Orangutans cup their mouths to alter their voices Orangutans use their hands to alter their voices & make themselves sound bigger. They cup their mouths when they produce kiss squeaks-alarm calls that often signify a predator is nearby. Studying the acoustics of these "hand-modified kiss squeaks" showed that the animals sound bigger & "more impressive" when they use their hands in the call. If the Orangutans do this deliberately - knowing it exaggerates their size - it may be a glimpse of an early precursor to language; an animal intentionally changing a sound it makes &, in turn, changing its meaning. The animals' hands were creating what was called a "a cylindrical extension of the lips". "This has the same effect as lengthening the sound box of a musical instrument" "so you get resonance of the lower pitches". In short, this makes a kiss squeak sound like it is coming from the puckered lips of a bigger Orangutan. These Apes can clearly do more than we thought”. Source: Ann P.
Saving Meryl The baby Orangutan was found in a very poor condition. She was weak & thin. The owner put her in a lanjung, a Dayak traditional bag made of plaited rattan, usually for carrying crops or firewood. She could barely move inside the bag. She also could not move her right arm because it was swollen. Initial examination by vet Meryl showed that the baby ages around 8 months, yet she had spent the last 6 months in captivity. She was named Meryl, after our vet who lovingly had taken good care of the baby Orangutan from the day she was rescued. Evelyn B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/312733850/3849299
How Palm Oil, Fruit Bats and Deforestation Could Be Linked to Ebola Epidemic …there is a very interesting line of scientific inquiry underway that is finding that in general such plantations—including of Palm Oil—could play a significant role. Researchers from the University of Minnesota, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of United Nations & other institutions recently hypothesized that severe changes in the forest ecosystems disrupted an equilibrium that has been keeping the virus at bay in the wild. The destruction of virgin forests & planting of vast monocultures forced the virus to “spill over” from its wildlife sources into human hosts. Palm Oil plantations make a great home for fruit bats or Pteropodidae. “Bats migrate to Oil Palm for food & shelter from the heat while the plantations’ wide trails permit easy movement between roosting & foraging sites” Several species of these fruit bats are documented “reservoirs” for Ebola, which could then be transmitted to plantation workers & locals in nearby villages. Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3842088
After a Year inside a Chicken Cage, a Baby Orangutan Gets a 2nd Chance Kept as a pet in Ketapang, Indonesia, the undersize Ape was given only condensed milk for the first 10 months of his life. Budi the orangutan had a rough start on life, but thanks to an animal rescue group in Indonesia, things are looking up. The ape arrived at an orangutan rescue center in Borneo, Indonesia, in Dec. His former owners, who kept him as a pet in a chicken cage, had called the authorities after he became sick. “The owner said that she was afraid to give Budi any fruits & thought that giving condensed milk would be sufficient”. It took the rescue team 10 hours by boat & road to bring Budi to IAR’s rescue center, where he was found to be suffering from severe malnutrition & anemia. The lack of protein in his diet also made his body swell up with fluid. Budi is old enough to climb trees, but he can’t fully move his limbs & can only sit up for short periods. “We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors, & he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long”. Orangutan populations have plummeted over 70% during the past 60 years. The clearing of swaths of trees for Palm plantations has forced many Orangutans toward developed areas, where they’re hunted for meat or in retaliation for destroying crops. When their mothers are caught (female Orangutans are known to share a strong bond with their young), the babies are often kept or sold as pets. While the species’ fate depends on consumers worldwide—half the products found in American grocery store aisles contain Palm Oil—Budi’s rescuers are optimistic. “With good nutrition, supplements, & therapy from the medical team, we hope he will continue to improve”. Source: June M.
Orangutans rescued from patch of Forest as Oil Palm plantations expandAn Orangutan & her baby have been rescued from a patch of Forest that is surrounded by Oil Palm plantations in Aceh, Indonesia. They were released into the Gunung Leuser Nat.l Park. The Primates were found isolated in Ujung Padang village on a 2-hectare patch of Forest that local farmers were about to clear for Oil Palm cultivation. Neither of them had any injuries, although the baby, a male aged about 6 months, was thought to be underweight. The HOCRU team has rescued 54 Orangutans since 2012. 4 of the Orangutans died either in transit or soon afterwards. They had either sustained injuries from unknown assailants before they were rescued, or suffered from malnutrition & parasite infestations because they were held captive in atrocious conditions. There are 2 distinct Species of Orangutan, the Sumatran Orangutan & the species found in Borneo, who are also endangered. According to figures from 2004, there are only 6,600 Sumatran Orangutans left in N. Sumatra & Aceh provinces. Source: Evelyn B.; Annette Garland http://www.care2.com/news/member/126880063/3841023
15 endangered animals to watch in 2015 Here are 15 wide-ranging wildlife species whose futures could be determined —for better or worse — in 2015. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3840361
1. Javan Rhino; 2. Mountain Gorilla; 3. Sumatran Elephant
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…
Indonesia: Palm Oil expansion drives massive Illegal Logging The importance of traditional logging is declining. In its place, the conversion of rich Forests to plantations for Palm Oil & other products is generating a vast & poorly regulated stream of timber. Traditional logging has been replaced by the mass clearance of Rainforest for Oil Palm plantations, creating massive supplies of hugely profitable but often illegal timber. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3839177
From: Roslyn McBride, Queensland, Australia: Recently I "adopted" an orangutan through The Orangutan Project http://www.orangutan.org.au/ her name is Seroja, & she lives at a shelter in Sumatra, Indonesia. The people at the shelter think she was born in Aug. 2010; they say she was very weak, dirty, & inactive when she first arrived. Her mother was probably killed & Seroja, as she was called later, had been captured illegally, then sold. Seroja was scared of the other orangutans at first & did not do anything by herself, she would wait for a technician to help her. Eventually she became more self sufficient & started to play with the other orangutans. She became good friends with a young male named Septian, sometimes they sleep side by side in a nest Seroja made with leaves. She has become a lot more confident now, see her picture: pretty, isn't she? (There speaks the new, proud, "Mum".) Part of the information I was sent explained in the Malay & Indonesian languages Orang means "Person" & Utan is derived from hutan, which means "Forest", so orangutan literally means "person of the forest". I know people often call orangutans "man of the forest" but as Seroja is a girl, & from Indonesia, I prefer "person of the forest". The Orangutan Project also has a pet support programme, I put my cat, Indy, in as a pet supporter, he received a certificate with his name on it, and a metal medallion to attach to his collar, engraved with his name, & my address & phone # on it. On the opposite side of the medallion it has a picture of an orangutan, which looks good on Indy, as well as keeping him safe if found injured anywhere. I'm very glad I took part in this programme & would recommend it to anyone interested. The money, which wasn't a lot, goes to support the work of these orangutan shelters.
Video: Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster Blake on a Current Affair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60vftQyD03Q#t=30
HISTORIC: Court Rules Zoo Orangutan Has Right To Freedom In a landmark ruling that challenges the commonly held notion that animals are mere objects lacking in the most fundamental rights as beings, a court in Argentina has declared that a zoo Orangutan named Sandra is a "non-human" subject & thus entitled to her freedom. Sandra, who was born at a German zoo in 1986, has spent her entire life in captivity. Since being transferred to the Buenos Aires Zoo in 1994, she's said to have been a reluctant captive, shying away from the attention of onlookers. Orangutans are the most solitary of the Great Apes, a factor that makes Sandra's situation all the more unnatural. Source: Dianna G.
Orangutans - Great Apes: The Orangutans are, together with Bonobos, Chimpanzees & Gorillas, members of the biological family Hominidae or Great Apes, to which also Humans belong. These 4 Great Apes are considered to be the closest relatives to humans, showing resemblance in genetic characteristics (97% similar) as well as cognitive capacities & behaviour.
Court Rules Captive Orangutan Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed Orang Utan is a word from the Malay & Indonesian languages that means "Forest Man". An Orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed & transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the Ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran Orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina 2 decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a "non-human person." "This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly & arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks & scientific laboratories". Source: C P.
The term "Orangutan" comes from "Orang Hutan" in Bahasa (the language of Malaysia & Indonesia) which means "Man of the Forest." These 2 tykes who live near Kuching in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) are "anak anak orang hutan", or "little men of the forest." They have been orphaned, along with others here at Semmongok Sanctuary, by poachers & hunters. Some have been wounded. When they recover or are old enough, they are sent out to fend for themselves & often must be chased away to make room for others.
'No Forests, no cash': Palm Oil giants commit to sustainability, but will they follow through? Although it is important for Indonesia's economy, the country's Palm Oil sector has also contributed to Indonesia's status as the world's biggest deforester in terms of annual rate. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3815446
A young Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) in N. Sumatra. Orangutans are often found orphaned after their mothers are killed or displaced by Palm Oil development & other types of Deforestation. The Species is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered, with a 2004 survey estimating 7,300 are left in the wild
Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests A law passed by the Indonesian Gov.t makes it even more difficult for Palm Oil Cos. to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich & carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, warns a new report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3815120?cid=email_na#
How deforestation helped unleash Ebola Ebola: otherwise known as The Most Terrifying Disease Of Our Modern Times. You might not have heard that Ebola’s origin story also features a favorite environmental arch-villain? And by “favorite” I mean “actually the worst”: Deforestation. The most recent outbreak of this particular strain of the Ebola virus began last Dec., in a town called Meliandou in the sleepy “Forest Region” of Guinea. Trees were felled to make way for farms or burned down for charcoal. Endless truckloads of timber were shipped to construction Cos. The forest suffered another trauma as mining interests — the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto, the omnipresent Chinese — pushed aggressively to exploit the country’s natural resources. As the forests disappeared, so too did the buffer separating humans from animals — & from the pathogens that animals harbor. And that buffer was not in place when one fateful fruit bat came into contact with a human toddler last year. While in many ways Ebola qualifies as a natural disaster, but the distinction between “natural” & “human-made” is a fine one. Sandy was a “natural” disaster, for example, but New York City’s bad coastal infrastructure made it worse. Same with Ebola: What could have been an exclusively harmless fruit-bat affair instead took a leap across the thinning fringe of wilderness, traveled by land & by air in our increasingly interconnected world & — well, here we are. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3813622
Rate of Deforestation in Indonesia overtakes Brazil Exact rates of Indonesian Deforestation have varied with different figures quoted by researchers & Gov.t, but a new study, which claims to be the most comprehensive yet, suggests that nearly twice as much primary forest is being cut down as in Brazil, the historical global leader. Source: Meenu S.
1. An aerial picture shows deforestated land in Riau province, Indonesia
2. Annual primary forest cover loss, 2000–2012, for Indonesia as a whole & by island group (Sumatra, Kalimantan, Papua, Sulawesi, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara & Java & Bali). Dashed lines are linear fits to the data.
Palm Oil Companies say they'll put forest Destruction on hold. But what happens next? Some of the world’s biggest Palm Oil Cos. have suspended their forest destruction. Is this a ceasefire or the end of their war on forests? We refuse to stand by while palm oil companies turn forests to plantations. We started with Indonesia’s largest Palm Oil Co., Golden Agri Resources(GAR). The solution found was the High Carbon Stock Approach(HCS). It became a standard term for Cos. trying to avoid deforestation. P&G, L’Oreal, Unilever & Nestle adopted it. Then Wilmar Int.l & Cargill got involved. The Palm Oil producers weren’t happy. A handful of Cos., Sime Darby, KLK, IOI, Musim Mas & Asian Agri, called themselves the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto group & announced a review of the science behind HCS. We smelled a rat – as the Cos.refused to stop converting forest to plantations while their review took place. If they were genuine – & not just trying to buy time for more destruction – why wouldn’t they turn off the bulldozers? Together with other NGOs, we kept up the pressure. Finally they cracked. These 5 Cos. agreed to put forest destruction on hold while their study takes place. This sounds like good news for the forests: a year’s respite from the bulldozers. But will they keep their promise? What happens after the review is over? & will this cover the Palm Ooil that they buy from other people? This is a significant announcement. It shows that the P.Oil industry is open to change & looking for practical ways to operate without destroying forests. Indonesia’s deforestation is getting worse. That would make Indonesia world-famous for something we can be proud of: a country that protects its forests & gives the people & animals that live there a secure future. Source: Meenu S.
Are Palm Oil Companies serious about ending Deforestation like this?
S.O.S.!! Please Help us!!! They are so delicate,tender, gentle & DEFENCELESS!!!
Malaysian Palm Oil chief misleads on Deforestation One of Malaysia's top Palm Oil officials has once again misled the public on the state of forests in Malaysia. His remark is undercut by recent scientific papers showing that less than 20% of Sarawak is covered by intact forest. Most of Sarawak's remaining forests have been heavily logged, while nearly 500,000 hectares of forest was converted to Oil Palm plantations between 1990 & 2010, according to a 2013 study. The state, which currently has more than a million hectares of Oil Palm, aims to covert nearly a million hectares of land for Palm estates by the end of the decade. Native customary rights land is targeted for much of that expansion. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3802769
Forest conversion for Oil Palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo in 2012
Video: Paradise for Palm Oil: The Greenwashing of Indonesian Deforestation It is a shock to think of Indonesia as the world’s 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases. How could a country that boasts one of the world’s most diverse Ecosystems be spewing out more carbon & methane than economic powerhouses such as Germany & Japan? The answer lies in the Forest. Or what’s left of it. Indonesia has cleared close to half of its forested land for agricultural development. The country’s peat forests, which sequester immense quantities of carbon are often targeted by developers, resulting in a disproportionate amount of emissions. In the US, Indonesian Palm Oil interests are looking for a new trade partner. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which was expanded in 2007, requires US gas to include an ever expanding amount of renewable fuels. Will the EPA stick by its original findings that the impact of land clearing makes palm based biodiesel not as green as some would like us to think, or bend to the pressure of lobbyists from the Palm oil industry? Source: Ann P.
Orangutans: The Burning Season
Every year deliberately lit fires rage across Indonesia.
They destroy pristine Rainforest, endanger Orangutans & contribute to Climate Change. A young carbon trading entrepreneur goes in search of a solution. Jill: http://www.care2.com/news/member/478413351/3093079
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
Mass Extinction: Animals Disappearing Fast 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.
Research has shown that happier orangutans live longer which may shed light on the evolution of happiness in humans. The University of Edinburgh & 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 & 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 & 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 & chimpanzees. Studying these relationships across a wide range of species could yield fascinating insights into the evolutionary bases of happiness, depression & a host of other psychological characteristics that impact the lives of humans & 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, & vice versa. Although happiness has been linked to longer life in humans, & 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 & 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.
Watch Video: Shocking Scenes of Deforestation and starving Orangutans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_BV7lKV0wM#t=17 The Int.l Animal Rescue team have rescued several female Orangutans from the ravaged Forests of Indonesian Borneo. One female was half starved, her frightened baby clinging to her back...PALM OIL DESTROYS RAINFOREST!!! Col N. http://www.care2.com/news/member/550673189/3695277
Watch Video: Good Morning|TV ONE http://tvnz.co.nz/good-morning/extra-dr-ian-singleton-video-6060149 19 Aug. 2014 We meet world renowned conservationist Dr Ian Singleton ahead of his Auckland Zoo hosted public talk. ”The issue is not local, it’s a GLOBAL issue!!” Source: Evelyn B.
Video: Orangutans Building Nests in Borneo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWf8AUNSUw0
Info, Pics: Orangutan nests http://tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/2010/11/11/orangutan-nests/
An aerial photo of an Orangutan nest
HSBC 'Funded Destruction of Indonesia Orangutan Rainforests by Palm Oil Giants' 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
Check out the graphic below from the RAN that explains how Palm Oil plantations are destroying the Rainforests
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
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Jane Goodall asks you to think about what you eat, buy and wear (Video) The 80-year-old scientist now spends 300 days a year standing at podiums, sitting in boardrooms, & addressing groups of people, young & old, about the importance of doing everything we can every day to preserve & save the earth. The world is rapidly becoming destroyed by us — Climate Change, shrinking water supplies. … People feel helpless to do anything, so they do nothing. But every day a person lives, they can make some sort of an impact. What can we do as individuals in our daily lives to help? Wasting is one terrible thing we do. Food, water; we leave the car running; we take the car when we can take a bike or public transportation. We need to think about what we eat, what we buy, what we wear & ask ourselves if people or animals suffered so that we can have it. Source: Ann P.
Aceh's largest peat swamp at risk from Palm Oil Oil Palm plantations & other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve--Aceh's largest peat swamp, & home to the densest population of Sumatran Orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3794797
1. Singkil Swamp Forest Wildlife newly burned for Palm plantations in Trumon, Aceh
2. Forest clearing for Oil Palm plantations is carried out in the newly opened road towards Bulohseuma, Aceh
Why Palm Oil Needs to Be Dropped From Baby Formula - AND EVERYTHING ELSE! This Co., that is linked to the destruction of Rainforests & other ills, places a photograph of an adorably plump baby next to a pile of Palm Oil fruit to claim that Palm Oil is as healthy & nourishing for humans as mother's milk is to infants!!!! The front cover article of July’s Today’s Dietitian, titled Substituting Palm Oil for Trans Fat: Is Palm Oil a Good Alternative for Human Health & the Environment?, provides a wonderful summary of the unintended consequences of the FDA’s proposal to ban trans fat. Surely we all agree that banning trans fat is a huge win for public health, but what happens when food Cos. replace bad with worse? Julie E. http://www.care2.com/news/member/732469648/3794043
We are damaging our planet, all caused by greed. Is there NO limit to human greed?? We have global warming disrupting our climate, and we are cutting down ancient forests to plant palm oil plantations. This will affect the forest dwellers, such as Orangutans, and speed up global warming even more. Surely we can use our brains, and find a substitute for palm oil, and start looking after our planet (we only have one) Source: Sue P.
The Orangutan is one of our closest relatives: share 97% of our DNA, make & use tools, can be taught American Sign Language, have exactly the same emotions as us, & are so close genetically they can catch all our contagious diseases. Now they are disappearing. The main threat not only for the survival of the Orangutan, but so many other Species it is impossible to count, is Deforestating for Palm Oil plantations. Palm oil is a cooking oil, sometimes simply labeled as vegetable oil. Forests are being completely bulldozed, & the Orangutans make their way back to the plantation, trying to find their home. There, they are ususally killed, & their babies sold on the black market as pets. Palm Oil is found in many household products from chips to cosmetics.
Video: Palm Oil: how our consumer choices affect Wildlife http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1DQwaauwE
The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of Orangutans remaining anywhere in the world & is the only place where Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos & Sunbears live in the same Forest together. Today, its future is at a crossroads & your voice is urgently needed. Aceh’s Governor & Parliament have approved a disastrous plan to open up the Leuser Ecosystem to major industrial development. Indonesia's Central Gov.t must reject this plan outright & keep protections for the forest strong. You & activists around the world are standing with them to reject the destruction of this pristine Ecosystem!!
Orangutans are some of our most intelligent, thoughtful relatives — their name means "Person of the forest” in Malay. They spend 90% of their time roaming & climbing trees (the males can stretch their arms up to 7 feet!) — even sleeping high up in nests of leafy branches, & they use big leaves as umbrellas when it rains. So, as demand for Palm Oil skyrockets & Companies rush to clear more & more land, their homes are literally falling like dominoes. Allowing the world’s Orangutans to die out would mean not only losing one of the planet’s most majestic creatures forever, but would also change the entire ecosystem of the Rainforests they inhabit. As they roam the forest eating fruit, Orangutans scatter the seeds far & wide, helping the entire Forest stay healthy & robust. In Borneo, where 80% of the Orangutans’ habitat has already been destroyed, even a small area of land can make a massive difference as it can link together protected Forests that have survived. That’s why this plan to save the Orangutans is so powerful — by connecting a Forest reserve with a wildlife sanctuary, we can get the most from every cent raised.
Orangutans are very intelligent & also the closest relatives to Men!! They live only in the Forests of Indonesia & Malaysia: let’s SAVE THEM!!
An environmental catastrophe continues in the forests of Aceh province and other forests throughout Indonesia. Palm oil companies have continued their slash and burn techniques, leaving wildlife without the ecologies they rely on, or worse. The multinational conglomerates that make up the palm oil industry are operating illegally, flying in the face of Natl Law, and killing off an international treasure, the Sumatran orangutan. The Aceh region is particularly important. It is home to the densest population of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, one of the few ape species alive today. Conservationists have estimated that over half of the orangutans found in the forests in Aceh province have already perished, some burning to death in the fires used to clear swamps for palm oil plantations. The remaining orangutans will almost certainly go extinct, if something isn't done.
Tin mining, Palm Oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island The tin & other minerals stripped from Belitung are used in a slew of consumer Electronics & have been linked to tech Giants such as Samsung & Microsoft. The industry has taken a major human & ecological toll on the islands. An area that encompasses around 2,500 sq. kilometers has experienced the worst treatment due to expansion of Oil Palm plantations & tin mining operations, with 70% of the Forest area being cleared, incl. precious patches of mangrove forests. The island’s Deforestation & Mining has made Belitung more readily impacted by extreme weather & other ecological hazards. "In Bangka-Belitung, there has been 60% Deforestation of the mangrove area” Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3793413
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Video: This Orangutan has a Message that will leave you speechless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QW7zddsdRc
Read more: http://expandedconsciousness.com/2014/05/30/this-orangutan-has-a-message-that-will-leave-you-speechless-video/#d9xPVbyLW35MUKzF.99
Source: Gordana S.
Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) has cleared Borneo’s Rainforest for miles, with total disregard for the well-being of the Orangutans & other Primates living there. Int.l Animal Rescue Indonesia (IAR) staff has found a few traumatized & starving Orangutans remaining in the ruins, one clinging to what’s left of a tree, others wandering among the stumps, & others are trapped there & starving as well. Orangutans are dependent on large contiguous Rainforest areas & cannot survive on these cleared Palm Oil plantations, leaving IAR staff no choice but to move them elsewhere. But as the Palm Oil industry grows, elsewhere is getting harder to find. Further disturbing is that BGA claims to be a sustainable producer of Palm Oil - a member of the industry-friendly Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Sustainable doesn’t mean clear-cutting Rainforests & starving Orangutans.
30% of Borneo's Rainforests destroyed since 1973 More than 30% of Borneo's Rainforests have been destroyed over the past 40 years due to fires, industrial logging, & the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest cover to date. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3788814
A zookeeper feeds a week-old Javan Langur, born on June 13, Bali zoo, Indonesia
News: Study Reveals Hundreds of Orangutans Killed Annually in Indonesia Nov. 2011 A study has uncovered disturbing information regarding the survival of Orangutans in Kalimantan, Indonesia. In addition to facing Habitat Loss due to Forest exploitation, hundreds of Orangutans are intentionally killed every year by people who live within the Orangutan’s distribution range. The killing of Orangutans is a “major threat”, according to a comprehensive study involving 687 villages from three Kalimantan provinces. Based on interview surveys conducted between Apr.2008 & Sept.2009, researchers found that at least 750 – and possibly as many as 1,790 – Orangutans were killed during the year preceding the study. It was also estimated that thousands of Orangutans had been killed in previous years. Conservationists are extremely concerned that between 375 & 1550 of the Orangutans killed in 2007 – 2008 were females, which has grave implications for the future.
A Wild Orangutan who lost his hand to a snare is returned to the Wild Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3778746
Watch Video: Story of Pelangsi - A wild Orangutan who lost his hand to a snare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p76mjuGhODg
Rescue of Pelangsi, an 11-year-old Orangutan who got caught in a snare. Orangutans are rapidly disappearing because of human actions: Deforestation, the Illegal Wildlife Pet Trade, & poachers are wiping out the Endangered Species. So, it is sad to see so many Orangutans, like Pelangsi, injured, trapped, or worse, dead - because of us. In the past 20 years, humans have destroyed around 80% of Orangutan Habitat!!
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!!!!!!
Bornean Orangutan Bornean Orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, & the Species' Habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years. The Bornean Orangutan differs in appearance from the Sumatran Orangutan, with a broader face & shorter beard & also slightly darker in color.
3 Subspecies are recognized:
-Northwest Bornean Orangutans: the most threatened Subspecies. Its habitat has been seriously affected by Logging & Hunting. Only 1,500 individuals or so remain. Many Habitat patches in the area are small & fragmented.
-Northeast Bornean Orangutans: the smallest in size & found in Sabah & Eastern Kalimantan as far as the Mahakam River.
-Central Bornean Orangutans: the Subspecies with the most animals, with at least 35,000 individuals.
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…..
Deforestation Doughnuts Major Companies like Krispy Kreme, Tm Horton's, Dunkin Donuts fry their doughnuts in Palm Oil, a commodity obtained by cutttng down Rainforests. That Deforestation is destroying the Habitats of Orangutans, Tigers & other threatened Species. The Bornean Orangutan is Endangered, & the Sumatran Orangutan is on the brink of Extinction. Sumatran Tiger: fewer than 400 left!! Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3778009
Indonesia's haze from Forest fires kills 110,000 people per year Haze caused by burning peat forests in Indonesia kills an average of 110,000 people per year & up to 300,000 during el Niño events, while releasing hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3774187
Video: Forest Fire Families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4NJl0UY48M
10 Species That We May Lose Forever If We Don’t Do Something Now There are plenty of animals & plant species that have gone extinct due to human actions such as hunting, poaching, habitat loss, introduction of foreign species, & human-influenced Climate Change. In the next 300 years 75% of all mammal species will be wiped out because of our impact on the planet. It’s not only species that will be lost, but also their descendants. And that’s not even the worst part. We are causing the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, with as many as 30% of the world’s species disappearing within the next 4 decades alone. A scary thought isn’t it, if we are to become the only species left on Earth? Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3770844
Michela: 5 of these 10 are dealt in one Topic only!! 1. Javan Rhinoceros, 2. Sumatran Rhinoceros, 3. Gibbons, 4. Amphibians, 5. Sumatran Tigers
Palm Oil Company Ordered to Pay $30 Million for Illegal Rainforest Destruction
The Sad Exploitation of Palm Oil (And 5 Reasons You Should Avoid it)
Watch Video!! Liquid ivory: how Palm Oil is killing Indonesia's Elephants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwI-N5KSUjQ
Homeless Orangutan Signs Heart-Breaking Message About Palm Oil
Orangutans are the face for Deforestation & Habitat Loss. It’s difficult not to melt when a homeless Orangutan signs how the Palm Oil Industry is destroying its home. According to the Sumatran Orangutan Society, there are around 60,600 wild Orangutan left between Borneo & Sumatra.
Watch Video: AMAZING! Orangutan asks girl for help in sign language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G32YehcdUAw
Will These Be the First Apes to Go Extinct Thanks to Human Actions? Source: Sheila S.
The Scientific American calls Hainan Gibbons “the world’s rarest Primates.” We are letting them disappear before our eyes. According to Scientific American, Greenpeace Int.l discovered that their Habitat is disappearing at the rate of 200,000 square meters a day!!
Video: Beautiful Hainan Gibbons Endangered due to Deforestation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIFqrrzlChw#t=12
Featured video: Showtime releases 1st episode of major new Climate Change series online The 9-part documentary series is being billed as a "groundbreaking" exploration into the many ways that Climate Change is already wreaking havoc on the lives of people around the world. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3759965; Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3760180
1. Harrison Ford with Orangutan in Years of Living Dangerously;
2. New Palm Oil plantation established on top of destroyed Peat Forest in Indonesia
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
1. Deforestation in Indonesia; 2. Orangutan sanctuary, Kalimantan, Indonesia
Indonesia: Orangutans in big trouble The Palm Oil, Paper & Timber industries in Indonesia are killing Orangutans: literally driving the species into extinction. Just 100 years ago the wild Orangutan population: 350,000. Today: less than 50,000. Their Habitat has shrunk by 80%. Orangutan population in Tripa, Aceh prov., declined by 80% due to Poaching, Illegal Logging & Deforestation to make way for Oil Palm plantations. Indonesia’s moratorium on deforestation has no teeth, meaning death for Orangutans & other Species & serious other environmental implications, above all Climate Change. Tripa forest contains the largest population of Sumatran Orangutans & the rare Sumatran Tiger. Humans are also victims of Deforestation: their water supplies are diverted to Palm plantations. Wildfires, Illegal Wildlife traders, hunters & uninformed individuals who keep Orangs as pets are all contributing to the Great Ape’s decline. On Indonesian Borneo Orangutans are increasingly pushed into villages, where they may be killed, captured & kept as pets, or illegally sold. “The rate at which the animals were being driven out of their natural habitats by Cos. clearing forests for plantations & coal mines has increased the amount of human-orangutan conflict in the area”. Orangutans are highly intelligent, solitary Great Apes who require Forest land to live in & space to forage for food. Wild Orangs have been documented manufacturing & using tools, while those in captivity are even using iPads at a zoo in the USA http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130214/APHEADS/302140033/That-s-odd-Orangutans-learn-iPads-Ky-zoo?gcheck=1 Kevin A. http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3535671
5 Deforestation Hotspots Flying Under the Radar 3. Malaysia: Rainforests Are Lost As Palm Oil Expands - Indonesia is now the focal point for much of the world’s concerns about Deforestation. But neighboring Malaysia also shows plenty of reasons for alarm. While the absolute area of forest lost in Indonesia is higher, Malaysia lost a staggering 4.7 million hectares of tree cover from 2000-2012—an annual loss of 1.6 %, compared with Indonesia’s 1.0 %. This puts Malaysia among the top 10 countries for percent tree cover lost. Expansion of Oil Palm plantations is one of the major drivers (especially in Sarawak) as Malaysia feeds a hungry global market. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3754838
Good News!! Islamic clerics issue 'fatwa' against Poaching, declare the Illegal Wildlife Trade 'haram' Indonesia’s Islamic clerics drew praise from conservation groups after the top clerical body in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country issued a fatwa, or religious decree, against Poaching & Wildlife Trafficking, declaring the illegal wildlife trade to be haram, or forbidden under Islamic law. The fatwa forbids Indonesia’s Muslims from “all activities resulting in wildlife extinction” & is meant in part to help support existing Nat.l laws protecting Endangered Species, which are poorly enforced & have done little to prevent poaching. “People can escape Gov.t regulation, but they cannot escape the word of God.” National Geographic & other news agencies are calling the move unprecedented – the 1st ever fatwa issued against illegal wildlife trafficking. Conservation groups are also celebrating this & hope the attention from religious leaders will help support existing efforts to protect Indonesia’s wildlife. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3750882
Baby Orangutans, like this Sumatran Orangutan on his mother's back, are often kept illegally in Indonesia
1. An Orangutan plays with an abandoned elastic band, Surabaya Zoo, Java, Indonesia
2. Kitty clutching baby Kate on Palas Island, Indonesia, living in a semi-wild environment prior to their release back into the wild. Two baby Orang Utans - named after the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge - have been released back into the wild. The duo were both rehabilitated in semi-wild environments in Indonesia before staff at Orangutan Protection Foundation. Both babies were relased alongside their mothers on the Palas & Hampapak Islands.
The Story of Baim, a Rescued Baby Orangutan Baim’s cries were heard by 2 men hunting for frogs in the forest. They waited 4 hours for his mother to return. The men knew that a mother Orangutan would never willingly leave her infant behind & was instead likely the victim of poachers, so they took Baim to their longhouse. They could’ve sold him into the pet trade, but chose to hand him over to the Nat.l park ranger who notified WWF staff…
Video: Baby Orangutan Orphan taken in by WWF http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcMWcICG-PQ
Endangered Animals Fight for Their Lives in Borneo's Forests Conservationists say the massive conversion of low-lying land into Palm Oil plantations as well as unabated Logging in the mountains, where land is also being turned over to agriculture, may lead to the extinction of some of Borneo’s animals & plants. The Bornean wilderness is considered one of the oldest tropical Forests in the world. Data from the state’s Forestry Dept. shows Sabah’s Forest cover at about 3.59 million hectares. But only 910,914 hectares of that is considered Virgin Forest. A total of 2.68 million hectares has been classified as commercial Forest, meaning it has been allocated for Logging.
Orangutan Foundation Int.l Why is the Orangutan in Danger? The destruction & degradation of the tropical Rainforest, particularly lowland Forest, in Borneo & Sumatra is the main reason Orangutans are threatened with extinction. This has been caused primarily by human activity (intense Legal Logging, Illegal Logging, conversion of Forest to Palm Oil plantations & Timber estates, Mining, clearing forest for settlements, & road construction) & also by large-scale Fires facilitated by the El Nino weather phenomena. Additionally, the Illegal Trade has been a factor in the decline of wild Orangutan populations. Finally, Orangutans are occasionally hunted & eaten by some of the indigenous peoples of Borneo as well as migrant loggers & plantation workers who do not have dietary prohibitions against eating Primate Bushmeat.
Success!! Indonesia: High penalty for Palm Oil Co. because of slash and burn The Palm Oil Co. PT Kallista Alam has been sentenced to pay a fine of approx. 9 million US$ as well as 21 million US$ for reforestation of Tripa's destroyed swamp forest. A court in the Aceh province in Northern Sumatra sent a strong signal against the slashing & burning of rainforests!! This is a great success for the Rainforest & its inhabitants. With the help of your 50,000 signatures & 10,000 Euros in donations Rainforest Rescue was able to do its part in helping to win the crucial trial against the Palm Oil Co. Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3700152
2. A baby Orangutan in deep thought.
I have a beautiful book: “Thinkers of the Jungle”, by Gerard Schuster, Willie Smits, Jay Ullal, that I bought when I went to UK to meet Lone Droscher-Nielsen, the Danish “Orangutan Hero”, for 2 Conferences she held in UK. Some pics are in: http://picasaweb.google.com/michela.messineo
Good News!!! Palm Oil Company Gets What it Deserves for Destroying Orangutans’ Home In a groundbreaking verdict, an Indonesian court issued a big blow to a Palm Oil Company for illegally destroying Forests in Sumatra’s protected Leuser Ecosystem, which provides critical Habitat for Orangutans & other Endangered Species. The court found Palm Oil Company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large areas of the Tripa peat forest in the province of Aceh & ordered it to pay roughly $30 million in fines. An estimated $20 million was allocated for restoration efforts. The court also confiscated land & will be charging a fine for every day the Palm Oil Company delays repayment. Nearly 90% of Palm Oil is grown in Indonesia & Malaysia & the growing demand for it has caused the destruction of some of the earth’s most valuable Rainforests & continues to do so. Int.l Cos. continue to put Palm Oil that has been produced at the expense of the Tripa peat Forest & other areas on the market, while its use as a key ingredient in a variety of foods has made it virtually inescapable. This past Sept. RAN called out major food companies, otherwise known as the Snack Food 20, for not ensuring that their Palm Oil was conflict free. While advocacy groups & consumers continue to pressure Cos. to do the right thing, environmentalists are still working to get tougher protection for the earth’s irreplaceable Rainforests. Source: Jeanie S.; Wolfgang W.
Deforestation comparison between the Brazilian Amazon & Indonesia. Indonesia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with the country losing almost half of its forest cover since 1950. Over the past 20 years, deforestation has been increasingly driven by industrial activities: conversion for Oil Palm & Timber plantations, intensive logging, & mining. Deforestation has left several of Indonesia's best-known animal Species at risk of extinction, including tigers, Rhinos, Elephants, & orangutans, all of which live in Aceh. Forest loss has also increased social conflict in some areas, especially places with forest-dependent populations.
Fires in Tripa
News:The Last of the Indonesian Forest? http://www.earthtimes.org/business/last-indonesian-forest/2523/# The disappearance of 2 million hectares (20,000 square km) of forest lands under mining & logging "permits" is the sign of a trend, as we watch Species, large & small become extinct: Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhino, Asian Elephant & Orangutan, but also tiny insects, other mammals & birds. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3695126
Wouldn't you love to visit the habitat of the wild Sumatran Tiger? if there are any left when all the wood has been extracted from Indonesian Forests. With only a few hundred Tigers left, in pockets of less than 50, Panthera Tigris Sumatrae parts have also been found, smuggled out to Taipei & other Chinese destinations. There is obviously no place left for them to thrive!!
News: Only 220 Sumatran Tigers left in Bengkulu http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/only-220-sumatran-tigers-left-bengkulu “Only between 180 & 220 Sumatran Tigers left in Bengkulu forests" The largest Sumatran Tiger population in Sumatra. The Critically Endangered Species live in production forest areas, protected forests & nat.l parks. 8 Sumatran Tigers were found dead in Lebong while 5 more dead Tigers were found in 2013. Human-tiger conflicts in Bengkulu posed a threat not only to the Tiger population in the province but also cause stress among local people. "People's daily activities have been disrupted as they worry the Tigers will threaten their safety". Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3691228
KALAWEIT http://www.kalaweit.org/index.php?SwitchLang=en Source: Sylvie C.
1. Borneo 2. Sumatra
News: Indonesian Palm Oil Company demolishes homes & evicts villagers in week-long raid http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1214-dparker-asiatic-persada-palm-oil-conflict.html Nearly 150 homes were reportedly destroyed in the latest incident in a long-standing conflict between indigenous Batin Sembilan residents & former Wilmar unit PT Asiatic Persada. Indonesian security forces allegedly stormed several villages inside a Sumatran Palm Oil plantation concession last weekend & earlier this week, accompanying company staff & hired thugs accused of destroying dozens of homes & looting residents’ property. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3688294
News: Palm Oil Co. Bumitama under fire for clearing Rainforest, endangering Orangutans http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1201-bumitama-palm-oil-dparker.html Bumitama Agri, an Indonesian Palm Oil producer, is breaking the law by clearing Forests & developing plantations without the proper licenses. Source: Sheila O; Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3680876
09/11/2013: Clearance for Oil Palm plantations near Tanjung Puting Nat.l Park. An excavator constructs a canal in recently cleared land in an Oil Palm concession owned by a subsidiary of Bumitama Agro Ltd. The area is near the Tanjung Puting Nat.l Park in Central Kalimantan
News: Palm Oil giant commits to zero Deforestation http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2013/12/06/palm-oil-giant-commits-to-zero-deforestation/?__utma=1.1433681709.1359574519.1385991468.1386422795.87&__utmb=126.96.36.1996422801459&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1383863865.82.15.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=org Wilmar Int.l – the world’s biggest Palm Oil Co. – has committed to a No Deforestation Policy. Palm Oil is the single biggest cause of Deforestation in Indonesia & a growing threat in places like Africa. Wilmar controls over 1/3 of the global Palm Oil trade; but by banning its suppliers from destroying forests & peatlands, Wilmar’s policy could be an important step toward transforming the Palm Oil sector. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3683510
News: Protecting Forests http://canopyplanet.org/what-we-do/protecting-ancient-forests/ At current rates, it is estimated that 55% of the Rainforests could be gone by 2030!! Old growth forests are increasingly rare. 80% of the world's original forests have already been logged, & much of what remains are altered fragments.
4. Indonesia, Asia: Home to some of the most ecologically diverse tropical Rainforest in the world. From Orangutans & Tigers to Rhinos & Elephants, these endangered forests have everything but protection.
6. Dem.Rep.of Congo, Africa: the world’s 2nd largest tropical rainforest, plays an important role in both biodiversity protection & global climate stability. Critical habitat for the Endangered Bonobo (human's closest relative) & other threatened Species incl. Forest Elephants & Hippopotamus; An expansion of uncontrolled industrial logging plagued by corruption & flawed law enforcement, threaten the Rainforest.
7. Amazons, S.America: the largest tropical rainforest in the world, the source of nearly 1/5 of all freshwater on our planet, stretching to 8 S.American countries, contain more than 40,000 plant species; sustain the world’s richest diversity of birds, butterflies & fish; one of the world’s last refuges for Jaguars, Amazon River Dolphins & Harpy Eagles; Home to over 30million people & over 300 distinct Indigenous Groups. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3681760
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
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
Orangutan climbing down a tree after a good night's rest.
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.
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.
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: 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
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
source: Vicky P.
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
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: 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.
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
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: 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
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: 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: 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
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: 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
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: 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
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 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
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!!!!!
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
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
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/
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 ‘pests’, 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
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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
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.
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.
Thanks for the news and videos. I loved the one about the orangutans and ipads. That is so 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 (BOS) & 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.
Thank you. Your comment is very convincing (but you had already convinced me before). Our closest cousins should really be respected. Their environment, too.
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???
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.
You seem to have the right friends to help you with your cause!
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
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.
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.
News: Heart of Borneo beating strong on 5th anniversary
Jakarta, Indonesia - A new report released by WWF to commemorate the Heart of Borneo (HoB) 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.
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 discover