Although Oregon Zoo’s youngest orangutan, Kutai, has predicted the winner of the football game in four out of five of the previous Super Bowl, it cannot predict the survival of its mates in the Kutai National Park East Kalimantan, Borneo Indonesia.
While you are reading this and the forest home of Kutai’s cousins the National Park is beng destroyed. In 2004, the number of orangutans in the area, numbered 600 individuals has fallen to only 30-60 individuals today, due to massive destruction of the national park. The ones left are now living isolated in the Prevab – Mentoko block by the Kaltim Prima Coal mine by the Sengata/Papa Charlie river.
The Center Orangutan Protection (COP) urges the Commission for Corruption Eradication (CCE) to immediately enforce the law. It seems that corrupt greedy officials with their eyes totally on lining their pockets are selling off the preserve for a variety of “development” projects. If the CCE has not been bought out or their heads are not buried in the sand, they need to enforce the law.
More and more local people need to be helped to find work protecting their lands so the children of the future can still have a tropical forested home to enjoy. COP’s education program aimed at raising awareness among young people on the importance of saving orangutan. COP is developing a curriculum to integrate with schools’ core subjects.
Not only should these “officials” be jailed, but steps are needed immediately by folks that love orangutans, other wildlife and tropical forests must work together through international wildlife groups to help the Center for Orangutan Protection stop this slaughter and destruction of these world treasures.
To save the last population of Orangutan sub species morio (Pongo Pygmaeus Morio) in Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan, the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) urges the Commission for Corruption Eradication to immediately enforce the law. The number of orangutans in the area, which was 600 individuals in 2004, has fallen to only 30-60 individuals at present, due to massive destruction of the national park. The ones left are now living in the Prevab – Mentoko block separated from the Kaltim Prima Coal mine by the Sengata/Papa Charlie river.
COP invite fresh graduate school students and local NGO activists to attend courses to learn any communication skills like campaign, photography, filming, blogging and writing. We believe that communication skills will much more useful to help participant and their environment.
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.kptv.com and http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100206/ap
Excerpts courtesy of http://naturealert.blogspot.com/2009/05/in-crisis-orangutan-population-in-kutai.html
Image courtesy of NatuRe’s Crusaders files for illustration purposes only.