Orangutan Awareness Week 2015

Orangutan Awareness Week 2015

Posted by Connor Whelan on 9th Nov 2015

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, Orangutan Awareness Week 2015 takes place from today (9th November) until the 15th of November! The aim of Orangutan Awareness Week is to help raise the profile of the problems facing the Orangutans and bring their issues, which are predominantly caused by humans, to the forefront of people's thinking.

Orangutan numbers are continuing to fall and fall quickly. Human encroachment into their natural habitats, poaching, and the illegal pet trade are all decimating Orangutan populations and as a result there are only an estimated 60,600 Orangutans left in the wild.

Orangutan Awareness Week

The Bornean Orangutan with a population of 54,000 is considered endangered whilst its Sumatran cousin is considered critically endangered as its numbers are only thought to be around 6,600. Orangutans were once distributed widely across Southeast Asia, as far north as southern China and as far south as the island of Javar, but today the Great Ape is confined to just two islands. With more than 50% of Orangutans living outside protected areas they are in real danger of becoming extinct within our lifetime. Things need to change and they need to change now!

Orangutan Awareness Week 2015

Here at The Great Projects we are proud to be able to offer you the chance to partake in an Orangutan Conversation Project in Borneo so you can play your part and help the Great Apes. In celebration of Orangutan Awareness Week, we are offering 15% off of our Orangutan Projects! If you book by the end of the month (30th November,) you will receive the discount off of your dream trip! Why hesitate? Plan an orangutan conservation holiday now!


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