In 2017 we were lucky enough to be able to fulfill one of my bucket list experiences: visiting the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, Malaysian Borneo. I had seen documentaries about the centre as a child, and had always dreamed of visiting. It ended up being even more amazing than I could ever have expected, […]

via Orangutans and the fight against unsustainable palm oil — MC Adventure Blog Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered. The region contains 20% of the planet’s vertebrate and plant species and the world’s third-largest tropical forest. In addition to this existing biodiversity, the […]

via Southeast Asia is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis — CVD

Borneo Elephant Mortality…

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation Landowners in Sabah should be held liable if elephants die on their land ASEAN+ May 23, 2018 18:14 Kota Kinabalu – Landowners should be held accountable if an elephant dies on their land. This is one proposal by WWF-Malaysia, in response to the alarming finding of […]

via Landowners in Sabah should be held liable if elephants die on their land — ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย2

Stepping Up Our Green Game!

As consumers, are we doing enough to help save our beautiful, green planet? In Borneo, palm oil plantations, are destroying the homes of many endangered species. It’s time for us to seriously step it up.

via Stepping up our green game: A Borneo adventure — BURNT ORANGE CITY

Borneo Loses 150,000 Orangutans in 16 years…study finds!

Borneo, ravaged by deforestation, loses nearly 150000 orangutans in 16 years, study finds Borneo, ravaged by deforestation, loses nearly 150000 orangutans in 16 years, study finds Borneo Has Lost 100000 Orangutans Since 1999 NPR Borneo has lost nearly 150000 orangutans since 1999 ZME Science Full coverage Superforest via deforestation – Google News

via Borneo, ravaged by deforestation, loses nearly 150000 orangutans in 16 years, study finds —

Demand for Palm Oil Threatens Great Apes…

For years, environmentalists have been warning that the world’s seemingly insatiable demand for palm oil, the reddish oil extracted from palm fruit that’s used in thousands of everyday products from margarine to cosmetics, poses a major risk to animals in the southeast Asian rainforests that are being cleared for palm cultivation. In Indonesia — a […]

via Demand for Palm Oil threatens Great Apes. — Old Guv Legends

Rare Javan Rhinos!

Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia is home to the only surviving population of the Critically Endangered Javan rhino left on earth. A decade ago, scientists determined that only about 60 animals could live in the park because available rhino habitat was limited by human encroachment and an invasive palm that was blocking the growth […]

via Helping the Javan Rhino Population to Grow — The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Leonard DiCaprio vs Indonesia’s conservation policies

The Indonesian government has threatened to ban DiCaprio from Indonesia as he has been critical of that country’s opening up protected wild Asian elephant habitat to more palm oil plantation development.  That government has been over aggressive in allowing the stripping of the Sumatran jungle at the expense of the local dwindling elephant, tiger and orangutan populations.

What’s more, heart doctors will tell you that palm oil, used in big brand name candy bars and other products, is not one of the oils that is good for you…

…look at your next chocolate. bar if it says contains palm oil, don’t buy it. Chances are it comes from that part of the world. Save your heart and animals, too!



The two main species of Orangutan live in the Malaysian/Indonesian/Borneo group of countries. The Sumatran, most endangered, and the Bornean have been seriously under siege in the past number of years, in Sumatra particularly due to logging (legal & illegal), conversion of forest habitat to palm oil plantations to meet the needs of the worldwide cosmetic, candy, cereal  and edible oil*industries, general human encroachment, illegal hunting, the pet trade, and for non-medically based traditional  medicine superstitions…

There are several organizations dedicated to conserving these clever animals in the wild including the ORANGUTAN LAND TRUST.

* When I took a ‘healthy heart’ course at a well-known Toronto heart-care hospital the first day’s course material contained recommendations to stay away from palm oil, found in candy and ice cream particularly, as it was detrimental to good heart health…