OFI has rescued hundreds of orangutans over the decades since UCLA doctorate student Birute M. Galdikas set off for the island of Borneo to do her groundbreaking work with orangutans, while Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey worked with chimps and gorillas, respectively, in Africa. One recent and very touching orangutan success story is little orphan Jackat. He arrived covered in umimaginable filth and was weak from malnourishment in his illegal pet situation. Look at the smile on this little male's face after a couple of weeks of good nutrition and gentle care from OFI employees. The sale of all items with this OFI copyrighted image help to raise money to support the rescue of more orphans and the feeding and raising of the hundreds who are already at the Care Center.
All of the items I have designed, from custom wedding invitations to mugs and totes, are part of my fundraising efforts to save the orangutans from extinction. Rain forest habitat is rapidly disappearing. There are only two islands where orangutans live in the wild. Unlike gorillas and cimpanzees, orangutans are not found on the continent of Africa.
The top soil in the rain forest is actually quite thin, and once the natural vegetation is removed (for logging or in the process of clearing for palm oil plantations), the lush forest becomes a hot, sandy desert - - a cement pit, like the one below.
Why not make a difference in the world every time you are in the grocery store! Check product labels on processed, packaged foods (a lot of junk food) -- cookies, cold cereals, crackers, so-called "health and diet bars," calcium chews marketed for women, candies, and microwave popcorn, -- and buybrands that do not contain palm oil. In recent months, governments and companies have been trying to work together to find ways to grow palm oil in a sustainable manner, and we applaud these conservation efforts.
There are so many little ones being cared for in all age-group sections of the Orangutan Foundation Care Center.
Extinction means something is gone forever. The Great Apes are all threatened, but predictions are that the gentle orangutans may be the first to become extinct unless more action is taken. The artist donates 100% of her profits to support wildlife rescue work. You can also foster an orphan through Orangutan Foundation International! Go to www.orangutan.org
Please do not confuse the make believe stories of monster gorillas like King Kong with the actual sweet and gentle nature of intelligent orangutans. To see orphan orangutans in action, rent the IMAX documentary film "Born To Be Wild"
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