They are so close to extinction though, mainly due to their rainforest homes being destroyed for palm oil plantations. It makes me so mad that these animals' homes are being taken from them. How would us humans like it if our homes were taken away?
But it's so easy to point the finger of blame at the people who are doing it.. the workers on the palm oil fields.. it's so easy to say "just tell them to stop" but they're only trying to make a living, trying to make enough money to feed their family, to survive.
It's commericalism at its worst.
It's heartbreaking to think that if deforestation isn't stopped they could be extinct by 2012.
Orangutan Diary is filmed at the The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Sanctuary at the minute they have around 600 orangutans who have been taken from people keeping them illegally from pets or ones that have been saved from their forest homes just before it gets burnt down. They look after them and spend years teaching them how to be proper orangutans so they can be released back into the wild, but it's hard finding protected land to release them to.
So they're having a hard time releasing them and the number of orangutans coming into the sanctuary is increasing which is bad news. The sanctuary is over its holding capacity and is running out of money.
It makes me feel so helpless. I mean apart from donating money there is nothing else I can do.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of endangered animals. There are so many more organisations that need money and help to save other animals who are also close to enxtinction.. and also organisations that help abandoned pets such as the RSPCA.
Oh how I wish I was a millionaire.