Sunday, October 19, 2008

Is this the most cute picture ever?

Yes, it's a wheelbarrow full of orangutans. Want one? I do.

I noticed this picture in the Times a couple of weeks ago, of a group of baby orangutans at a rehabilitation centre in Nyaru Menteng, on the island of Borneo.


The organisation that supports their work is Borneo Orangutan Survival International, a wonderful group who strive to save this most remarkable animal.

Nearly five years ago, I went to Borneo to see orangutans in their natural environment and fell even more deeply in love with these incredible animals, the nearest species on the planet to ourselves. It is a desperate pity that we have so far proved almost helpless to prevent their headlong rush towards extinction and I can only hope that pictures like this will encourage people in this country and elsewhere to step up action to protect them.

1 comment:

Jennie said...

Clearly Borneo needs more libraries. That is, after all, the Orangoutan's natural habitat.