Look at this precious orangutan orphan admiring her own image for the first time. Orangutans are gentle, peaceful vegetarians. They are extremely intelligent and self-aware. They have fingerprints and three of the same blood types as we humans. Won't you help save this endangered species?
If you gave up some expensive latte-type coffees for a few weeks, you could buy a hectare of rain forest to be set aside as protected areas for orangutans! It is so easy to make a difference in the world. 100% of the aritst's profit from the sale of these postage stamps supports the OFI Care Center where these orphans are being raised. Please also consider a visit to the official website for Orangutan Foundation International and make a tax deductible donation at www.orangutan.org
Orangutans are found in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Sadly, the orphans continue to arrive, and their rainforest habitat is disappearing rapidly. These intelligent gentle creatures need as much help as possible. Through the OFI website, you can contribute towards the purchase of rain forest. Yes, YOU can make a difference in the world.
I donate 100% of my profits on my wildlife products to save these endangered orangutans. I also make separate donations to World Wildlife Fund for other species.
One of the orangutans whom your donations benefit is Hockey.She is a delightful special needs femalewho rolls around in a version of a somersault to move about on the ground. She is even tempered and happy and very gentle with the younger baby that often joins her for afternoons in the shady areas of the rain forest. She has to be brought out in the arms of a caretaker or in a wheelbarrow like the babies. However, there are hundreds of orphans needing your help. Don't forget... orangutans are GREAT APES. They are not monkeys. Monkeys have tails; great apes do not. Orangutans have finger prints and three of the four same blood types as humans. They definitely are not stinky like the proverbial "stinky monkeys" because orangutans in the wild smell like fresh cedar.
The destruction of ancient rain forest for a mono crop of palm oil is a serious issue. You can read product labels and choose a brand that uses sustainable ingredients.
How easy is it to make a difference in the world? Here's an example: Almost all of the South Beach "diet" bars have palm oil. What kind of a diet is THAT! In fact, speaking of diet foods, watch out for those diet programs like NutriSystem that sell entrees that don't need refrigeration; they are filled with palm oil. When we contacted NutriSystem about their use of palm oil, they responded with a list of their products that didn't contain it. They are missing the point which is-- they are still a part of the problem since so many of their products DO have palm oil. How much nutritional value is in something that can sit on a shelf forever without refrigeration anyway?
Here are more examples of how you can easily support products that aren't involved with palm oil: "Twizzlers" brand licorice HAS palm oil, while "Red Vines" brand does NOT. Many Nabisco crackers have palm oil. I haven't found a brand of microwave popcorn without palm oil; why not make your popcorn the old fashioned way and make the world a better place at the same time.
If you are concerned about disappearing rain forests and the killing of endangered wildlife, you might want to make sure that the cosmetics, soaps, and food you purchase are palm oil free.
Use postage stamps and stickers that help endangered wildlife.
It seems like everyone knows the names Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. But Louis Leakey chose 3 women to do groundbreaking work with the great apes. Read about Leakey's third choice- Dr. Birute M. Galdikas, the doctoral student from UCLA who headed off to the island of Borneo in the 1970's as a young woman in her 20's. Check out the October 1975 cover of National Geographic Magazine, and then be sure to read Dr. Galdikas's book, Reflections of Eden, My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo.
(It will give you an idea just how wonderful orangutan hugs can be!)
WHY NOT PLAN A TRIP TO SOUTHEAST ASIA AND SEE THE ORANGUTANS AND OTHER WILDLIFE!
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