As some of you know I care deeply about the fate of wildlife on the Island of Borneo where I spent a year from June of 1977 – June 1987. Here’s the text and a sample of the photos please click through to read the rest:
Every day the rainforests that endangered Borneo Orangutans depend on for their survival are destroyed to make way for palm plantations.
Palm oil companies like PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (PT BGA), a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd, send in bulldozers to clear the forest so they can plant palm trees. Sometimes individual orangutans are hurt, captured and sold, or shot and killed. Thankfully, some are found and saved by trained orangutan rescue teams.
This is a photo essay of an orangutan rescue in an area being cleared by PT BGA in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
“We were asked by the local forestry department to assist in the rescue of some orangutans found in a palm plantation area in Ketapang while the land clearing was taking place,” says Karmele Llano Sánchez, BVSc, MSc, Executive Director, Yayasan IAR Indonesia. “We deployed our team and found a number of orangutans were stranded, starving and in need of immediate medical attention. This orangutan rescue is an example of the rescues that our teams are frequently doing in areas where palm oil companies are clearing forests to make way for new palm oil plantations ”
WARNING: Some of these pictures are fairly graphic and might be hard to look at. The orangutan is stunned though, not dead…
These are 3 of the photos from the photo essay. To view the entire post click this link here. :