Indonesian rockers support orangutans


Featured video: plight of orangutans highlighted with new rock song

January 17, 2012

An Indonesian rock band, Navicula, is highlighting the plight of orangutans in their native country through a new song entitled, aptly, “Orangutan.” The band has created a music video for the song, including footage of a documentary, Green: The Film that follows a starving female orangutan named Green. The band “dedicated the song to encourage people to do more in orangutan conservation, to protect this endangered species.”

The orangutan is imperiled in Indonesia largely due to habitat loss for palm oil plantations and logging for pulp and paper plantations, but also hunting and killing the great apes as agricultural pests are additional problems. In fact, a recent study in PLoS One found that conflict between orangutans and humans proved worst in areas that have been converted for timber, wood-pulp, or palm oil. It concluded that orangutans are currently being killed at a rate faster than they can reproduce, suggesting orangutans could go extinct outside protected areas.

Along this line, recent news in Indonesia has focused on plantations allowing workers to kill orangutans. In one instance a Malaysian palm oil plantation company operating East Kalimantan was found to have been paying a bounty of $110 to workers for each orangutan they killed. Since the news broke, two major plantation companies, PT SMART and APP, have signed a zero-tolerance pledge for killing orangutans in their plantations.

Palm oil companies offering rewards for killing orangutans: here.

Wild orangutans that have come into contact with eco-tourists over a period of years show an immediate stress response but no signs of chronic stress, unlike other species in which permanent alterations in stress responses have been documented, new research from an Indiana University anthropologist has found: here.

Rebel hero who has ‘betrayed’ the last of Aceh’s orang-utans. Governor has dismayed supporters by allowing the destruction of a Sumatran forest where the apes live: here.

Sumatran orangutans have undergone a substantial recent population decline, according to a new genetic study, but the same research revealed the existence of critical corridors for dispersal migrations that, if protected, can help maintain genetic diversity and aid in the species’ conservation: here.

Jakarta, Indonesia – In the space of a week the National Geographic Society (NGS) has publicly broken ties with Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has called for an investigation after a Greenpeace report revealed the company was illegally logging protected tree species: here.

Orangutan caught in snare as ‘sustainable’ palm oil company trashes forest: here.

October 2012. The orangutans in Sumatra are in danger of becoming extinct. Anthropologists from the University of Zurich have proved that the Sumatran orangutan has suffered a drastic decrease in population recently: here.

Indonesia: Unchallenged crimes of “rotten apple” palm oil company: here.

12 thoughts on “Indonesian rockers support orangutans

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  2. It’s hard not to fall prey to the charms of baby orangutans, with their sweet faces and huge dark eyes.

    That’s part of the reason that orangutans are at risk of going extinct in the wild.

    Baby orangutans are so appealing that they are illegally captured and sold as pets. At the same time, rapid, unchecked development is destroying the forests where their parents and relatives live. It’s a deadly combination.

    The U.S. government funds effective programs to save these clever, gentle animals, but deep budget cuts are jeopardizing these critical programs.

    Tell your members of Congress to restore funding that protects orangutans!

    Tell Congress: Restore Funding for Programs that Save Orangutans

    Why are these programs so important? It’s because without quick action, we could lose the orangutan. Orangutans are restricted to dwindling areas of remote forest on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Each year, their habitats are shrinking as the forests are felled and replaced with oil palm plantations and other forms of development.

    There are proven ways that we can protect these creatures. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Biodiversity programs directly address the source of the problems facing orangutans by:

    Putting behind bars the black-market wildlife traders who capture and sell orangutans and other wild animals;
    Working on the ground to reduce illegal logging and promote selective logging techniques that maintain orangutan habitat in a relatively intact state; and
    Empowering local communities to manage their forests in responsible ways that protect the animals that live there.

    But the budget-slashing atmosphere in Washington means that the future of these vital programs – and the future of orangutans – is uncertain.

    With the survival of these gentle red apes hanging in the balance, we need your voice right now to create a loud, public clamor in favor of the programs that protect them.

    Send a loud and clear message to your members of Congress: A shortsighted lack of international conservation funding means that orangutans could be a distant memory for future generations.

    Thank you for all your support. Your help is crucial at this moment.


    Liz Bennett
    Vice President, Species Conservation
    Wildlife Conservation Society


  3. The illegal traders in Sumatra and Borneo know exactly what they need to do to capture a baby orangutan: they get out their guns, and shoot the mother dead.

    The traders kill her because they want to steal her defenseless baby – and sell it to anyone who will pay big money for a new pet.

    Unfortunately, the traders first must deal with the orangutan mother, who won’t let her baby go without a fight. And if the baby has any other siblings, they too will die without mom to help provide food and safety in the forest.

    Due in part to this illegal pet trade, we have a very real risk of losing orangutans – unless we do something about it now. We know we can keep orangutans safe by protecting and patrolling the areas where they live.

    But the only way we can do it is with people like you stepping up. Let’s raise $40,000 to protect orangutans.

    We are in terrible danger of losing one of the smartest species on the planet. The Sumatran orangutan – the rarer of the two orangutan species – is critically endangered. Scientists estimate that between 3,500 and 7,300 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild, facing continual threats to their very existence.

    We can’t bear to see these shy, brainy animals disappear off the face of the planet. That’s why WCS is a leader in orangutan conservation, and has been working for more than 40 years in the only parts of the world where orangutans still exist.

    But with the way the orangutan population continues to decline, I know that we need to ramp up our efforts to save these apes. We need to send more patrols to keep poachers from capturing or killing orangutans. We need to ensure that local communities benefit from orangutan conservation. And we need to work with local governments to expand forest reserves so orangutan mothers and their babies have the space they need to find food and stay safe.

    We know what to do to protect orangutans. Without supporters like you, we won’t be able to do any of it. Will you help… before time runs out for wild orangutans?

    If we want to save orangutans, we’ll need to act fast. Help us raise $40,000 by March 28.

    I can’t thank you enough for your generosity. We simply wouldn’t be able to keep orangutans safe without help from you and other WCS conservationists. I hope you know what a gift you are to the wildlife of this world.


    Liz Bennett
    Vice President, Species Conservation
    Wildlife Conservation Society


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  5. Environmentalists fail to stop Indonesian plantation

    Tuesday 03 April 2012

    A court in western Indonesia threw out a conservationists’ lawsuit on Tuesday which challenged further development of peat swamp forests they say will threaten the few remaining orang-utans who live there.

    Indonesia’s largest environmental group, Walhi, wanted the court to revoke a license granted by the Aceh provincial government to palm oil company PT Kallista Alam to turn a forest into a palm oil plantation.

    The Tripa forest was home to around 3,000 Sumatran orang-utans in the early 1990s, but today just 200 remain.

    Walhi filed a lawsuit against the head of the Aceh government, arguing that the license given to PT Kallista Alam would cause environmental destruction and loss of habitat.

    But a three-judge panel at the Banda Aceh Administrative Court said it had no authority to rule on the case because the parties involved hadn’t tried to solve the case outside court.


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