Orangutan Expert Urges Travel To Indonesia Now

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Deforestation Pushing Orangutans Toward Extinction By Kelly Dinardo, New York Times It was the orangutan’s eyes that first struck Biruté Mary Galdikas. “They look very human,” said Dr. Galdikas, an anthropologist and the president of Orangutan Foundation International. “They have a very strong gaze that will penetrate you,” she said. “It’s almost hypnotic.” In the

Orangutans, Tigers Under Pressure In Indonesia

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Sumatran Tiger The Last Of Indonesia’s Three Subspecies Most visitors to Indonesia hope to see the Sumatran tiger. However, this beautiful animal rarely shows itself. Unfortunately, human development and destruction has already pushed two other tiger species in Indonesia into extinction. The Javan tiger was declared extinct in 1994 and the Bali tiger was last

Yogyakarta Artists Speak Out For Orangutans

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Palm Oil Plantations Killing Orangutans The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), an NGO advocating for an end to cruelty against orangutans, has urged the Indonesian government to take tough measures against the perpetrators of crimes against orangutans in tropical forests in Kalimantan and Sumatra. The COP further says it will hold a string of public campaigns

Ecotourism Can Help Save Indonesia’s Forests

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Indonesia’s Endangered Species Worth Saving Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project this week to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations. The GreenIndonesia non-governmental organization, working with six indigenous groups, said the plan would ease poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify from traditional forest-based

Deforestation Killing Ecotourism In Indonesia

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Biodiversity A Tourism Asset A new study says Indonesia’s deforestation rate is the world’s highest, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and threatening animals and livelihoods. A grim new study says Indonesia’s forests are disappearing so rapidly that the country has now replaced Brazil as the world’s No. 1 deforester. The Nature Climate Change journal reported that Indonesia lost 840,000

Indonesia’s Top Religious Leader Demands Wildlife Protection

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Wildlife Conservation Not A Priority In Indonesia Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade of endangered species in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as the world’s first. The fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council declares such activities “unethical, immoral and sinful”, council official Asrorun

Orangutans Fighting For Survival

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Palm Oil Plantations Destroying Indonesia’s Biodiversity Even in the first light of dawn in the Tripa swamp forest of Sumatra it is clear that something is terribly wrong. Where there should be lush foliage stretching away towards the horizon, there are only the skeletons of trees. Smoke drifts across a scene of devastation. Tripa is

Can Ecotourism Save The Orangutan & Sumatran Tiger

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Indonesia’s Endangered Species ‘We were in Indonesia‘s rainforest for fifteen hours and spent eleven of those waist-deep in a swamp looking at orangutans’. Trekking through the swamps and rainforests of Kalimantan may not be everyone’s idea of a fun and relaxing holiday, but to an increasing number of ecotourists there is no better way to spend

Sumatra’s Endangered Species and Endangered Forests

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Indonesia Deforestation Taking Toll On Ecotourism Ecotourism in Indonesia is a rapidly changing industry. In only a few years, logging and agribusiness have cut Indonesia’s vast rainforest by half. The government has renewed a moratorium on deforestation but it may already be too late for the endangered animals – and for the people whose lives