You can see it in her eyes.
When we talk about being wise, wisdom, & ancient wisdom, this isn’t just limited to the human race.
Some of the earliest folk lore surrounding these beautiful creatures, the ‘Person of the Forest’, is how they taught humans how to manage pain, early locals observing orangutans using herbs, plants & roots to help with different ailments, easing their pain.
When we are so similar, in so many ways, how can we continue to ignore the things that we are doing to them, & their environment?
Nearly 150,000 orangutans vanished from Borneo over a 16 year period, over half of the entire islands population disappeared.
Because of us.
The loss & degradation of their forest home, largely driven through unsustainable, often illegal, timber logging, palm oil plantations & harvesting; if these human pressures continue to increase, & not subside, orangutans face a growing risk of extinction.
Combine this devastating problem with their naturally slow reproductive rate, it makes the orangutan highly vulnerable. Females take 10-15 Years to reach sexual maturity. They usually give birth to just 1 infant every 6-8 years. The babies stay with its mother for the first 10 years of its life. This means that the interval between babies can be as long as 10 years. Orangutan populations can take a long time to recover from declines, or, more truthfully, will never naturally recover from what we have done.
They helped us in the past, stories passed through generations tell us this.
Now it’s time we make a change, stop the apathy, & help them.