May 7, 2009
Illegal logging and fires set to clear land for palm oil production are destroying the orangutan’s rainforest habitat. The Independent newspaper recently highlighted this issue and how it can threaten the WSPA-funded orangutan sanctuary that rescues casualties of the palm oil industry.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is currently appealing for funds to support the Nyaru Menteng sanctuary, which rescues and cares for orangutans affected by the palm oil trade.
Orangutans in Borneo are suffering as the forest, their natural habitat, is being destroyed.
Peanut (pictured) was found in a palm oil plantation in Borneo, cowering and covered in blood but was rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), a partner of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and taken to the Nyaru Menteng sanctuary.
Peanut was rescued after her mother was brutally killed in a palm oil plantation. The sanctuary is full of orangutans like her. Some were injured in machete attacks. Some were rescued after being sold into the illegal pet trade. Some were found starving to death. Others were rescued from purposely-lit forest fires.
Help rescue orangutans like Peanut
The impact of deforestation on wildlife, including Borneo’s orangutans, made front-page news in The Independent on Friday 1st May and was also featured in the Independent Magazine on Saturday 2nd May.
If you missed these articles, you can find them online. Please note that WSPA does not take responsibility for the content of external websites.
How Britons fuel destruction of the rainforest (The Independent, Friday 1st May)
The guilty secrets of palm oil: Are you unwittingly contributing to the devastation of the rain forests? (The Independent Magazine, Saturday 2nd May)
Palm oil in Britain's top brands (The Independent Magazine, Saturday 2nd May)