As most of you know, my two passions in life are the environment and wildlife, especially orangutans. I received an email yesterday about Orangutan Outreach, a non-profit organisation based in New York that works closely with Borneo Orangutan Survival and supports several projects in Kalimantan. I had a look at their website – redapes.org – and was pleasantly surprised to read just how much excellent work this organisation does. Saving the orangutans in Sumatra and Kalimantan should be one of the priorities of the Indonesian government and also to protect the environment in which these beautiful creatures live. Alas, this responsibility falls in the hands of non-profit organisations like Orangutan Outreach.
Here is just some of what Orangutan Outreach does.
The purpose of Orangutan Outreach
To conserve orangutans in their native habitat.
To raise and promote public awareness of, and participation in, conservation strategies for orangutans through grassroots campaigns, community involvement and global communication.
To collaborate with Indonesian conservationists in the running of orangutan rehabilitation centers.
To fund rescue efforts of orangutans confiscated on palm oil plantations.
To fund rescue efforts of orangutans held illegally by private owners, whether commercial or individual, who are in direct violation of CITES.
To collaborate with zoos and animal parks in North America to promote awareness of orangutan conservation efforts.
To use the Internet to provide orangutan-related curriculum materials free of charge.
To fundraise locally and globally to support these goals.