The Orangutan Project Looks To U.S. Donors To Help Save Victims of Borneo Deforestation Crisis Due To Palm Oil

Photo from The Orangutan Project 

The Orangutan Project (TOP), an organization dedicated to orangutan conservation and welfare, is seeking donations for the month of March to help the Centre for Orangutan Protection, a key partner in Kalimantan, Indonesia, to protect Borneo’s displaced orangutans due to the palm oil industry, provide the rehabilitation and care they desperately need, and to urgently safeguard and protect their remaining rainforest habitat.

Kalimantan is facing a deforestation crisis and serious habitat loss is displacing critically endangered Bornean orangutans, leaving them vulnerable to starvation and the illegal wildlife trade. According to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 50% of Kalimantan’s lowland rainforest, which once covered all of the island, is now gone. Without the protection of the forest, poachers are able to readily access orangutans, and will usually kill the mother to steal the baby for the illegal wildlife pet trade.

Every hour 300 football fields of precious rainforest is being decimated across South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations.

“The Centre for Orangutan Protection is doing everything they can to stop illegal deforestation and ramp up rapid orangutan response rescues, but without your help, they can only do so much,” Leif Cocks, Orangutan Expert and Founder of The Orangutan Project said in a statement. “The number of displaced, captive, and orphaned orangutans is rising, which means the organization desperately needs funding to safeguard and protect the remaining forests. We’re calling on those in the U.S. who are passionate about helping these amazing animals and their habitat to donate. Your donation will be directed straight to East Kalimantan, and those who donate will actually help out two fold, as donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $36,000, thanks to the generosity of one of our anonymous donors.”

Since its formation in 1998, The Orangutan Project has contributed more than $10 million directly into orangutan conservation projects. Every dollar raised goes toward saving orangutans. The organization has earned a reputation among its partners and donors for being financially responsible and transparent.

Those interested in helping protect Borneo’s orangutans and rainforest habitat can Donate HERE.

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