Orangutan Survival Odyssey: Trek through the jungles of Borneo, go behind the scenes of orangutan rescue and rehabilitation and see parts of a country and culture not in the travel guides.
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An endangered orangutan on Borneo island has survived after being shot more than 100 times with an air rifle.
The female ape, whom conservationists have named Aan, has gone blind in one eye and sustained serious wounds across her body after being repeatedly hit with pellets on the Indonesian part of the island…
Sumatran Orangutan: “It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears”- Briton Ian Singleton (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme)
More information on the recent deforestation tragedy in Indonesia. It’s worse than I thought…
Sumatran Orangutan: “It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears”
Hundreds of orangutans are believed to have died in fires deliberately lit by palm oil companies in the last few weeks. Conservationists say the rare Sumatran orangutan could now be wiped out within weeks.
Read more here.
More than 600 orangutan orphans were rescued from illegal pet traders and taken to BOSF (Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation) Nyaru Menteng, an orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction center in Kalimantan, Borneo.
Now I’m no fashionista, but I thought I’d promote the recent work of model Fa’ Empel for Byron Bay boutique Spell. Fa is one of the 15 Eco-Warriors chosen to head to Borneo this March to start filming the movie, The Rise of the Eco-Warriors. There, her and the rest of the team will undertake all sorts of conservation projects to help save orangutans and the forest! In cinemas 2013.
Oops, 5000 acres of your land cleared for palm oil. Sorry.
A subsidiary of agribusiness giant Cargill has paid a $1 million fine for clearing land for oil palm outside its concession, a move that could serve as an important example for palm oil developers operating in Indonesia, according to Greenomics-Indonesia, a Jakarta-based environmental group.
The fine was levied on Cargill subsidiary PT Hindoli after the company notified local authorities and the Ministry of Forestry that it had accidentally cleared about 2,000 hectares of land beyond the boundary of its formally licensed area in South Sumatra Province. The clearing, which took place in 2005, involved agricultural land that was still zoned as “forest” by the Ministry of Forestry even though it lacked exploitable timber.
Ghost Nets don’t discriminate…
[Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea, lost accidentally, or deliberately discarded. They travel the oceans of the world with the currents and tides, continually fishing as they progress through the waters… This is an Australian Saltwater Crocodile found entangled in an Indonesian trawl net.]
- Photograph by Jacky Castellain
Busted: orangutan trafficker prosecuted and sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time
For the first time in Medan, North Sumatra, an orangutan trader has been prosecuted and sent to prison for trafficking in the endangered apes, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The trader, who was trying to sell the three-year old orangutan, received a seven-month prison sentence, which is only the third in Indonesia since orangutans were officially protected in 1924.
Illegal and wrong. The endangered Pangolin, or Scaly Anteater, are declining in all of their natural habitats due to rampant poaching.
In May 2011 Indonesian customs officials inspecting a shipment of fish and turtle meat bound for Vietnam came across a gruesome discovery: 5.9 metric tons of pangolin meat and another 790 kilograms of pangolin scales hidden within the cargo.
It was just one of the nearly four dozen illegal pangolin shipments seized in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China and other countries in 2011. Conservationists estimate that as many as 41,000 to 60,000 pangolins (eight African and Asian armored anteater species from the genus Manis) were illegally killed last year for their meat and for use in traditional Asian medicine…