Commend Home for Orphaned Orangutans

Target: Executive Director of the Indonesian branch of the International Animal Rescue, Karmele Llano Sanchez

Goal: Congratulate the organization for creating a sanctuary for orphaned orangutans

The International Animal Rescue recently created a safe home for orphaned orangutans in Sungai Awan, Indonesian Borneo, using £500,000 raised by Daily Mail readers. If they were not now living in the new sanctuary, these animals would probably have suffered immensely as pets. Captive orangutans are frequently beaten, and lead lives filled with starvation and cruelty. They live outdoors 24/7 attached to a chain, or they are mistreated by their owners, who treat them merely as trophies, not like living creatures.

The parents of these orphans are either living such a nightmare or are likely dead as a result of the habitat destruction wreaked upon the forests of Borneo by logging companies. The orphans are safe now, however. They have 64 acres to live on, free from hunters and deforestation. Orangutans are not meant to walk, but rather to grab tree branches and move from tree to tree, so workers at the sanctuary transport the animals in wheelbarrows to the trees every day, and wheel them back at night to sleep in protected compounds.

They are sheltered, fed and rehabilitated until they are ready to live in the wild. By providing the orphaned animals with a place to grow up, this charity has saved their lives. Commend the International Animal Rescue for creating a safe home for these orphaned orangutans.


Dear Director Sanchez,

The International Animal Rescue’s orangutan shelter in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, is an example all other animal rescue groups should follow. The shelter was desperately needed, and could not have been established sooner. As orangutans face an uncertain and dangerous future, places like the IAR’s sanctuary guarantee that the animals will always have a chance at survival.

The dedication and work put into the establishment of the sanctuary, and now being put into its upkeep, is inspiring. Those who work with the orangutans show them exceptional care, and provide them with much needed (and surely much appreciated) services. All of the hard work and love shown by those at International Animal Rescue in Indonesia merits international praise. The orangutan sanctuary is a thing of hope, and will inspire others to take up similar initiatives. The International Animal Rescue in Indonesia has made the world a safer place for orangutans, and therefore deserves global respect.


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  1. Christine Stewart says:

    We can all help orangutans by BOYCOTTING PALM OIL! The rain forest is burned and bulldozed in order to plant the oil palm trees. The orangutans, elephants, and other wildlife now have no food and no home- they will be shot and poisoned if they try to find food in the oil palm plantation. Read labels- foods like chocolate/hazelnut spread, microwave popcorn, cheap white chocolate candy, salty snacks, and some margarines usually contain palm oil.


    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

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