Give the greatest gift in the world by conserving critically endangered orangutan, tiger, rhino and elephant habitat!
Why the need for a sanctuary/conservation lands?
There is only one place in the world where you will find orangutans in the wild--and that is Indonesia, on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Sumatran rainforests (orangutan and primate habitat) are being bulldozed at an alarming rate for palm oil plantations and agriculture, threatening wild populations of Sumatran orangutan and other endangered species such as Sumatran tiger and rhino. This not only affects wildlife--it also affects people living in small villages who rely on natural water sources for sustenance. Palm plantations require so much water that they are sucking natural water aquifers dry and in some cases, it is becoming more and more necessary for small villages to order bottled water to survive.
Without your help, these lands will likely fall into the hands of palm oil plantations and other developments.
To create a palm oil plantation, the forest is chopped down and animals (such as orangutan, Tigers, elephants, and rhino) that remain or defend their territory are killed, captured or driven away. Palm plants suck up tons of water from the ground, which in turn affects people, who need water for drinking, cooking and bathing. It's not as easy as "saying no to palm oil"--not only is palm oil in countless products (often disguised in labeling as "vegetable oil"), we need to conserve and palm plantation workers need job alternatives. Conservation provides all kinds of opportunities.
The Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary will provide a natural environment and an opportunity for those orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhino and other species safe corridors to pass from one area to the next. Conserving lands is the most important gift we can bestow upon future generations.
The goal of this fundraiser:
I hope to help raise $10,000 of the overall $90,000-100,000 USD required to purchase around 30-40 hectares/ 3-400,000 m² (equivalent of 30-40 football fields) of rainforest land that will be conserved as a sanctuary for wildlife and natural resources. Currently, the overall total raised is $30,000 USD.
More about us: www.sumatranwildlifesanctuary.org
Great article and cause.
Thanks for sharing -- will apply for ServiceNow matching grant too! I <3 Orangutans!