There are so many other crises unfolding that I am processing and hope to speak to soon, but meanwhile there are two bits of news on the Pongo conservation front that I want to share (shout it from the rooftops) even as they break my heart.
Item the first:
I would like to keep you informed about the disastrous situation in Balikpapan Bay, East Kalimantan, which – among many other things – would lead to an extintion of one of the first successfully rehabilitated orangutan populations. It mainly relates to the proposal of the Balikpapan government to extend a huge industrial park into the orangutan habitat… It raises an important question – what is the meaning of orangutan reahabilitation programs if we subsequently allow the succesfully established populations to get eradicated to make the way for other land use? The situation is already very bad but the campaign to save Balikpapan Bay is still ongoing… and there remains some chance to stop the industrial expansion.