This video says about itself:
9 November 2015
This video, recorded in Indonesia, says about itself:
Hercules the Orangutan – Orangutan Diary – BBC
20 September 2012
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands, report by Michel Maas:
Kidnapped orangutans back in Indonesia after years
One cannot see them, the orangutans returned yesterday from Thailand to Indonesia. The apes are on the runway in hermetically sealed boxes and photographers have to settle for the fingers which the animals occasionally put through a viewing slot.
The arrival of the orangutans is an event. Even the Indonesian Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, is there to welcome them. There are only fourteen of them, but they can help to keep the population of the species stable, says the minister.
The orangutans have been freed from the hands of animal traders in Thailand. Eleven animals were en route to a zoo who wanted to use them for boxing performances. Two orangutans have since been born in captivity and one individual was liberated from the collection of a wealthy Thai. DNA tests proved they were from Indonesia.
‘On the plane, the orangutans played with jute sacks’
Seven years ago the Dutchman Edwin Wiek found the animals in a Thai zoo. Wiek is the founder of the animal protection organization WFFT (Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand) and fought for the return of the orangutans to Indonesia.
It took so long was because of Thai law and the unwillingness of the Thai judiciary to prosecute the owners of the animals.
Culprits are never convicted, says Wiek. “The owners are wealthy and have good connections.” For five years the animals were held by the Thai government, until finally a few months ago an agreement was signed between the ministers of both countries.
After landing in Jakarta a new journey begins for the great apes. Before being brought to Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, they go into quarantine. “It is not superfluous,” said Wiek. “In Thailand they sat close together in dirty cages.”
Wiek’s joy on the return of the animals is sometimes tempered by worries about the future of orangutans in Indonesia. By the advance of agribusiness and the arrival of plantations natural habitats are shrinking.
As a result, orangutans are a highly endangered species. Of the Sumatran subspecies only slightly more than 6600 live in the wild. Orangutan populations in Kalimantan has been reduced to 36,000. “I also have mixed feelings,” said Wiek. “I am concerned about the future of these animals both in captivity and in the wild.”
Anyway, about the fourteen orangutans which are now in Indonesia, Wiek is happy. “Otherwise they would have been sold to the highest bidder in Thailand and then they would have ended up in a terrible zoo.”
This video says about itself:
29 August 2008
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Orangutan female rescued from forest fire in Indonesia
According to the rescuers the female of around three years old was fleeing after the conservation area where she lived went up in flames.
“This is the third orangutan who was rescued and was handed over to us to recover,” said a spokesman for the Borneo Orang Utan Survival Foundation.
The habitat of orangutans in the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra is seriously threatened by the wildfires. Indonesia blames the fires on commercial corporations producing palm oil. Those companies burn forests to the ground to make way for agribusiness.
The haze engulfing much of South East Asia from deliberately lit Indonesian forest fires, largely in Sumatra and Kalimantan, is likely to last until November due to the El Niño weather pattern that will delay the onset of the wet season. The lighting of fires to clear land is an annual event: here.
Indonesia’s fires are a corporate crime | Green Left Weekly: here.
From Wildlife Extra:
Wildlife corridors could offer new hope for orangutans
Researchers from Cardiff University, University of Adelaide, NGO HUTAN, and Sabah Wildlife Department have been looking at ways to improve wildlife corridors in Borneo as a new method of protecting the endangered orangutan.
According to the researchers, more than 80 per cent of the primate’s habitat has been destroyed in the past 20 years due to demand for agricultural land, leaving the remaining forest fragmented, isolating orangutans from one another and resulting in a major threat to their survival.
The study highlights that establishing wildlife corridors that connect fragmented protected areas will allow animals to move freely from one territory to another. This will be beneficial to gene diversity, as it will minimise the negative impact of inbreeding caused by animals being forced to live in small, isolated territories.
Dr Benoît Goossens from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences stresses that the study should not be limited to orangutans, but can apply to other wildlife species affected by climate change and decreasing, fragmented territories. “In this study we used the orang-utan as a model, but the knowledge gleaned will be useful for other mammal species,” he explains. “The next phase of our research will focus on corridor establishment and enhancement by recovering riparian reserves from oil palm plantations, to inform land managers about best corridor scenarios.”
The research team included Dr Benoît Goossens from Cardiff University, Stephen Gregory, Damien Fordham and Barry Brook from Australia, and Marc Ancrenaz, Raymond Alfred, and Laurentius Ambu from Sabah Wildlife Department.
You can read the full paper, [in] Diversity and Distributions, here.
New conservation research conducted by Dr Matthew Struebig from the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology has discovered that up to 74 per cent of current orang-utan habitat in Borneo could become unsuitable for this endangered species due to climate or land-cover changes. However, the research has also identified up to 42,000 sq km of land that could provide a safe haven for the animals: here.
Do orangutans talk like humans? Lip smacking could hold key to evolution of language – Mirror Online: here.
Tanzania launches $14.5m plan to open up “wildlife corridors” across the country to curb urban encroachment: here.
This video is called Natural World, The Orangutan King, HD – BBC.
From Wildlife Extra:
Australia’s biggest wildlife seizure ever
11 orangutan skulls were among the illegal products found
An Australian teacher has been jailed for a year following the discovery of 78 illegal products made from 24 threatened species at his home in Sydney.
In what is Australia’s largest-ever haul of illegal products, the authorities findings included 11 orangutan skulls and 25 other skulls of monkeys, lynx, bears and a tiger; teeth and skins from orangutans, lynx, otters, and a feather headdress made from a bird of paradise.
John Kolettas was convicted on 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products, and jailed for a year, fined Aus $4,000 (£2,200) and ordered to do 384 hours of community service for the possession of specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
“Wildlife trafficking is a cruel and often barbaric trade that has become more widespread and lucrative and is now valued at billions of dollars worldwide,” said Australia’s Department of Environment. “The community – particularly collectors, travellers and online shoppers – should be aware of what they are buying, what it is made of, and where it is from.
“Without realising it they may be contributing to the decline of threatened species, simply by purchasing what initially looks like a bargain.”
Australia is one of 178 nations that are signatories to CITES, with the importation of endangered species, or parts of them, illegal without a permit.
In the latest episode of VICE Profiles, called Backyard Exotics, the programme exposes the illegal wildlife trade in the United States. In distressing scenes the VICE team travels to Ohio to rescue a cougar, then to Texas for an exotic livestock auction and takes an undercover visit to a gaming ranch where the animals are sold and hunted for up to $15,000 a piece: here.
This video says about itself:
GREEN (Palm Oil Deforestation) – Documentary by Patrick Rouxel
19 May 2011
It is a silent film (without narration, but with music) which addresses itself both to the Indonesians and the consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world.
This important documentary was filmed in the fast disappearing Indonesian rainforest and is not narrated, however, its message is clear and frightening. The home of the Orangutan and many other wildlife species in Indonesia is being decimated at an alarming rate by consumer need and greed.
The film features the widespread practice of ‘slash and burn’ to clear the lush rainforest to make way for extensive palm oil plantations which we, the consumer, support in our demand for our favourite foods, magazines, cosmetics, and, increasingly, biofuel. The practice has also seen Indonesia move into third place behind the US and China with regard to carbon emissions due to the uncovering of peat soil which has lain, undisturbed, below the tropical rainforest for centuries. The film exposes the illegal pet trade that thrives in Indonesia and the sick, despairing lives of those Orangutan who spend years, often all their lives, locked in small cages, suffering, alone.
The story thread follows the fate of a female Orangutan who has been captured and brought in because her forest home has been decimated. She is one of the lucky ones — most are slaughtered without mercy when caught. Her fate though, is not a happy one, as her trauma at the hands of man is too great. Your heart will break with resounding pity, but it is even more sobering to know that she is only one of hundreds every week who will suffer a similar fate.
Make sure everyone you know watches this documentary. We owe it to our friends, the gentle Orangutan, we owe it to our planet, and we owe it to ourselves so that we can learn from it.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Proctor & Gamble ‘linked to rainforest destruction‘
Wednesday 26th February 2014
Environmentalists accused US household products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) yesterday of being responsible for the destruction of swathes of Indonesian rainforest.
Greenpeace said the company was using palm oil from suppliers linked to the destruction of the ancient woodlands.
It linked a Malaysian supplier to P&G with highly polluting forest fires in Sumatra last June.
P&G is the latest company to be targeted by Greenpeace as the group seeks to embarrass major firms over sourcing Indonesian palm oil and paper from suppliers that cause environmental destruction.
Greenpeace says the expansion of palm oil plantations is destroying the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers.
P&G uses palm oil in household products including Head & Shoulders and Pantene shampoos and Gillette shaving gel.
“The maker of Head & Shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers,” said Greenpeace forest campaign head Bustar Maitar.
“It must clean up its act and guarantee to its customers that these products are forest-friendly.”
P&G was not immediately available for comment yesterday.
Greenpeace urged P&G to join other leading companies which have committed to implementing a no-deforestation policy.
Greenpeace’s campaigns have caused several global companies, including Unilever, Nestle and L’Oreal, to publicly commit to zero deforestation in coming years.
Many palm oil and paper companies have made such commitments after losing major clients because of Greenpeace campaigns.
Illegal logging and poor law enforcement have meant that deforestation is rampant in Indonesia.