Borneo Appeal

An urgent call to save 1,500 orang-utans in the Heart of Borneo This is an emergency. We must move quickly!

Arabela Rainforest © WWF-Australia - Laurent Desarnaud

Can they escape extinction?

For too long orang-utans have been spectators as the destruction of their forest homes has played out before their eyes.

For decades, the forest has been cleared and burnt and irresponsibly logged, with no regard for the environment, for the orang-utans, or the people living in and around the forests.

Borneo has already lost more than half of its forests - and half its orang-utans - through landclearing.

That’s why it’s critical to seize moments like this to work with timber companies that have said they will do what it takes to save their island’s most famous ambassador.

Studies show that Bornean orang-utans can survive in logged forests.

But only if the impact of logging is reduced through selective logging, keeping fruit trees intact, and controlling hunting.

WWF has developed scientifically rigorous assessment tools and plans to manage orang-utan landscapes.

We work with timber companies to develop specific protection and management plans for their concessions, in order to minimise the impact of logging on habitats and orang-utan populations.

It’s one of the only ways to ensure that wild orang-utan populations are not driven to extinction.

The Heart of Borneo: Asia’s last great rainforest

On a map of Southeast Asia, the island of Borneo – the third largest in the world – stands out as an imposing mass in the middle of the Indo-Malaysian archipelago. Borneo is divided between Indonesia, Brunei-Darussalam and Malaysia.

There are few other places on Earth where you can see large animals such as orang-utans, elephants , clouded leopards, sun bears and rhinos in the wild. Borneo has lured scientists for over 150 years, and has played a key role in the discovery theory of evolution.

WWF is aiming for a network of protected areas and sustainably-managed forests in the Heart of Borneo, to be achieved through international co-operation led by the Bornean governments, supported by a global effort.

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