I want to take a moment to spread the word about a very worthwhile organization Create Rainforest – Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) that is working tirelessly to help the Orangutans and other endangered species in the Borneo rainforest by building and maintaining what’s left of this vital ecosystem.
Below I have copied an excerpt from the Facebook page of Marianne Rosendal Joss Andersen from Copenhagen, Denmark. Marianne is hands on, in the field, making a difference!
Please read about her organization, join them on facebook, donate what you can. Situations like what is happening in Borneo affect all of us and we’d be very short sighted to think otherwise.
Note: above photos and quoted excerpt below were taken from the Facebook page of Marianne Rosendal Joss Andersen
“Help BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL to protect the rainforest, the orangutans and to STOP the DEFORESTATION. The rate of loss of orangutans has NEVER been greater than in the last three years, and oil-palm plantations are mostly to blame. We are facing a silent MASSACRE, taking place far from where people can see what is going on. We need international co-operation NOW to address this crisis.
THE BIGGEST PROJECT OF BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL.
By means of a unique reforestation concept BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL is creating a sanctuary for orangutans, sunbears and other endangered species on Borneo- maybe the last one.
Deforestation is taking place in Borneo at an ever accelerating pace. The main reason for such excessive deforestation are palm oil plantations that have now replaced many ancient forest areas.
Forests are not only important because of different species that use them as their habitats, but also because of CO2 absorption which is vital in fight against global warming.
Orangutans are not only our closest relatives in the animal kingdom; they are also indispensable for the biological diversity of the rainforest due to their role of seed distributors. They are the so called umbrella species. The protection of these fascinating great apes serves at the same time to preserve the rainforest´s eco system.
During the last decades the once species-rich rainforest of SAMBOJA LESTARI was cleared and burnt down relentlessly. Nutrient-consuming elephant grass took over completely. What remained was an ecological waste land. Nowadays it is already visible that this doesn´t have to stay- since 2001 BOS is creating NEW RAINFOREST. AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT OF REFORESTATION AND PROTECTION IS CHANGING THIS AREA INTO A NATURAL HABITAT AGAIN.”