Orangutan Caring Week – 8-15 November 2015
Annual event raises awareness concerning orangutans and their endangered status as their forest home on Borneo and Sumatra is threatened by agricultural conversion and fires. The theme this year is “Working together toward sustainable solutions."
The theme for OCW this year is “Working together toward sustainable solutions”. The theme drives home the need for organizations and people to get together and to harness limited resources to implement conservation solutions for the betterment of the species, which is still on the brink of extinction. That would include acquiring and managing large tracks of forests as conservation concessions.
How Kusasi's cheek pads made him 'King' at Camp Leakey
by Graham Banes, Ph.D
I can only imagine what Tanjung Puting was like in 1978, a decade before I was born. Today, this National Park in Indonesian Borneo is a bustling tourist attraction, with dozens – sometimes hundreds – of visitors sailing hours upriver on motorized longboats, or kelotoks, before hauling themselves out into the jungle. They come to see the orang-utans, and largely at Camp Leakey, a former reintroduction and rehabilitation site for these endangered primates. It is, in many senses, spoiled by decades of exploitation – not least by these abundant Western tourists, many of whom take little notice of the rules that are there to protect all apes, both human and orange. On August 22nd 1978, however, the Camp was not overrun with Westerners. On that day, there was only one.
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Ways to Help
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