Appeal From Orangutan Foundation Director and Founder, Ashley Leiman OBE
Dear friends and supporters,
In our newsletters and other correspondence, you will read about orangutan reintroductions and trans-locations, our work with local communities, educational activities and scientific research. These are all important parts of our orangutan conservation strategy. Underlying them all, though, is the basic need to save the orangutan’s unique and diverse rainforest habitat.
The Orangutan Foundation has always made habitat protection a priority and the use of guard posts and patrols in protecting Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, with their precious orangutan populations, has been extremely successful. Our strategically located guard posts act as a visible deterrent to people trying to enter forests illegally, and as bases from which we can launch patrols and fire-fighting teams. They are an essential element in orangutan conservation; if the forests are not safe, neither are the orangutans.
In the last year, securing funding has become more challenging and with the ending of a major grant in December, we are increasingly reliant on individual support. I am therefore writing today to ask for your help in keeping our guard posts and patrols operational. All of our guard posts are critical. These posts are staffed continuously by local people. Not only are there wages to pay (a minimum of two guards per post) but we also need to supply them with food, transport, fuel, patrol supplies and equipment. We currently provision six guard posts and each costs over £6,500 a year to run. These are our core costs but they are also the core of what we do. By giving to this appeal you can be assured that you are literally helping to keep forests standing and orangutans in the wild.
Thank you and kind regards,
Ashley Leiman OBE