1999-2009: Ten Years Saving Orang-utans

From Forest School to Freedom

It’s 10 years since the Nyaru Menteng (NM10) orang-utan rescue and rehabilitation centre opened in Borneo. Last night, founder, Lone Droscher-Nielsen was in London to talk about her team’s work to save this endangered species, and to raise much-needed funds.

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Recognisable from TV series’ Orang-utan Diary (BBC) and Orang-utan Island (Animal Planet), Lone’s talk at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington, covered these issues:

~ rainforest destruction, and the rise in palm oil plantations
~ orang-utans’ loss of habitat, often killed
~ the continued decline of orang-utans at current rates means they may be extinct in a decade
~ the need for sustainable palm oil + protection of the orang-utans’ natural habitat

More:
~ Photos of Lone – Ten Years of NM10
~ Video-clips of Lone’s talk on Ten Years of NM10
~ Borneo Orang-utan Survival website
~ Orangutan Land Trust website

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