So today I was sad to hear that a British company is adding to their problems!
Oil boom threatens the last orangutans
The Independent: Kathy Marks: 23 June 2009Do read more at Borneo Orangutan Survival
A famous British company, Jardines, is profiting as the lowland forest – which shelters the few remaining orang-utans – is razed to make way for massive palm oil plantations, reports Kathy Marks in Tripa, Indonesia
Perched halfway up a tree near a bend in the Seumayan River, a young orang-utan lounges on a branch, eating fruit. In the distance, smoke rises from an illegal fire, one of dozens lit to wipe out the virgin rainforest and replace it with oil palm plantations.
It's burning season on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where vast tracts of vegetation are being torched and clear-felled to meet the soaring global demand for palm oil. The pace is especially frenzied in the peat swamp forests of the Tripa region, one of the final refuges of the critically endangered orang-utan – and a company owned by one of Britain's most venerable trading groups is among those leading the destructive charge.
My brother has also been involved with them because he is a mining engineer and has spent a lot of time in Indonesia over the past 20 years. He often talked about the impact the destruction of the rain forests, the burning of the trees, was having on them, and the amazing job the rescue team was doing. Now, the Rescue Sanctuary is also facing a crisis - please read this site and you can also make donations on it.
Orangutan rescue sanctuary in need of saving