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#1 fstop

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:41 PM

A friend of mine is in Asia working on an amazing project that hopes to raise awareness of and protect the continuously threatened Oragutan. He needs as much support as possible and he is INCREDIBLY commited. Here is a part of a letter I received from him earlier today:

We have been filming in Jakarta doing
some undercover work to discover the extent of the illegal animal
trade in the city, and are pursuing filming possible confiscations. We
have been working with some very dedicated local conservationists -
and now see the extent of the battle faced in ensuring a future for
Indonesia's wildlife in the face of corruption, expansion of oil palm
plantations, logging, pulp and paper and animal traffic.

Tomorrow we head to Kalimantan to follow a rescue team which is
currently working to save orangutans in a palm concession. One was
brutally assaulted last week and died en route to the rescue centre,
there are three more in immediate danger of the same fate.

We have updated our weblog with some recent news, and would be very
pleased if you would take the time to have a look at it and maybe
check in over the coming months to see how we are doing.

www.cockroachproductions.blogspot.com

Please forward this on to friends and contacts who might share an
interest in what we are doing. We are trying to raise the profile of
the project to attract further sponsors to help us with the Sumatran
section of the film which will involve filming tigers and elephants -
all part of the palm oil story.



You can check out the project outline here:

HERE

and here is the online project blog so far:

HERE

PLEASE, if you can, make a donation and give Nick and his project the support they deserve. This a a very real, pressing environmental issue.

Many many thanks

Edited by fstop, 06 July 2005 - 12:43 PM.

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#2 Richard Boddington

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 09:04 AM

"and now see the extent of the battle faced in ensuring a future for
Indonesia's wildlife in the face of corruption, expansion of oil palm
plantations, logging, pulp and paper and animal traffic."

The problem is that this is happening all over the globe, including the USA.

How many buffalo are roaming the US plains these days? The list goes on from there.

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#3 fstop

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 06:17 AM

Please check out the blog again:

CLICK HERE
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#4 Matt Pacini

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 12:35 PM

Well Richard, as a matter of fact, I see buffalo all the time, and I'm not in the plains, I'm in California!
Sure, there aren't tens of millions of them like there used to be, but they're nowhere near extinction, not even on the endangered list.

Anyway, I applaud the efforts of these people, and anyone who's doing anything to help, but I'm not optimistic about the fate of the great apes, and I'm not so sure the current technique to try to save them is really going to work.

The problem is, that by sad coincidence, the places that these wonderful animals exist is in the worst places possible.:
The "stewards" have little or no regard for these animals, and it's THOSE people who are exploiting these animals and killing them off, frequently for what amounts to "voodoo", like grinding rhino horn or Panda parts for aphrodesiacs, etc.

The current policy can be summed up as this:
"People who are NOT the problem need to give a bunch of money to bribe the people who ARE the problem into stopping the killing.

So far, it's not working, at least not good enough to reverse the problem. I think it's time they find other places in the world to breed great apes - places where people won't kill them for "bush meat" and worthless dark-ages medicinal remedies that are all hocus-pocus anyway. These habitats are not so unique that there's virtually nowhere else on earth these animals could live.

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#5 Fahmy Ferdian

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 01:10 PM

Hi...Guys !!

I'm so interest with all of your project about orangutans and the Indonesia's wildlife !!

Can I join to be the member of your team??

It's gonna be my best experience if I can explore and save the Indonesia's wildlife. Furthermore, Indonesia is my homeland, so it's absolutely precious experience.

Thank's before....!
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