Peace 4 Animals and founder Katie Cleary made a contribution to World Land Trust to purchase a parcel of Rainforest land as a living memorial that signifies rebirth and the amazing life Andrew Stern has shared with us on this planet. This will aid in the protection of the 64,500 acres of the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary WLT that needs to connect Keruak Forest Reserve with one part of Lower (LKWS) so Orangutans can safely pass through Rainforest habitats.
The Rainforest in Borneo is being cut and burned at alarming rates because of the Palm Oil and logging industry. Palm Oil is in at least 50% of all products in grocery stores, from snack foods, cookies, lotions, dressings to peanut butter.
3,000-5,000 Orangutans that call the Rainforest their home get killed every year because they have no where else to live. Their homes are being destroyed and a bounty is being put on their heads because they are considered pests to Palm Oil companies.
the Borneo Rainforest Appeal secures habitat vital for the survival of the Bornean Orangutan in the wild in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
The first phase of the project will secure a stretch of several properties along the north bank of the Kinabatangan River.
Teeming with wildlife, the Rainforest of Malaysian Borneo is home to the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, 10 species of primate including the Bornean Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey, and more than 600 species of Birds.
Since 2008, WLT and its project partners have been working to secure strategically vital areas of forest to create wildlife corridors and to connect fragmented patches, ensuring that a continuous, protected habitat exists for wildlife and local communities.
To create the Keruak Corridor (WLT) needs to raise in the region of one million pounds.
Orang-utans are considered keystone species, playing a critical role in maintaining the structure of the whole ecology of the region. If they were to become extinct it would effect the whole ecosystem with a negative effect thus effecting the world.
Orang-utans play a vital role in maintaining the health of the forest. They eat fruit and, by ranging far and wide, they disperse the seeds of the fruits they consume. (A male orang-utan covers up to 9884 acres – 4,000 hectares – in his lifetime.) Orang-utans also trim forest trees by eating leaves and using branches to make their nests, which allows more light to the under storey.
Diminishing gene pool: There may be as many as 1,000 Orang-utans in Kinabatangan, but due to forest destruction Orang-utans are increasingly isolated from each other, living in groups of between 5 and 200. With unlimited habitat male Orang-utans will travel across large areas to find a mate, covering up to 4,000 hectares in his lifetime, but due to the fragmentation of forest habitat some Orang-utans are unable to move outside their ‘forest island’ to find a mate, meaning that there is a great risk of inbreeding. The shrinking of the Orang-utan gene pool threatens the viability of the species.
Extinction: 90 per cent of Sabah’s native Orang-utan population has been lost in the past 100 years due to habitat destruction. Worst-case scenarios suggest that if deforestation continues the Orang-utan could soon become extinct in many areas.
Once complete, the Keruak Corridor will enable Orang-utans once more to roam the forest of the north bank of the Kinabatangan River and can save them from extinction.
Look on the back of products and don’t purchase anything that contains Palm Oil. Buy recycled paper products, contribute to World Land Trust to purchase land to protect it for future generations and to save the Rainforest and it’s amazing species from extinction.