“Person of the forest”, dependent on trees,
Carrying their babies ‘til two or three.
Incredible animals, they have such style
From Sumatra and Borneo, their only two Isles.
Camouflaged orange, like autumn leaves,
They make new nests daily for sleeping in trees.
With flexible feet that work like hands,
And big toes holding their objects and branch.
Using tools to get food, honey, fruit and seeds,
Or termites from mounds, eggs and some leaves.
Making umbrellas from lovely large fronds,
Long arms great for swinging to travel along.
Cracking nuts open with powerful jaws,
That carry things gently when swinging some more.
But humans are causing them terrible loss,
Cutting down trees and stealing their young.
By cutting down their trees they’re left with no homes,
With no food to survive and nowhere to go.
We’re killing them now by using lots of palm oil,
We need to be careful we don’t kill them all.
They don’t make good pets, leave their babies alone,
Stop draining their forests, stop burning their homes!
Surely what we are doing is wrong,
So now we must save them for future children.
By Morgan Davidson
Morgan was our 1st Place Winner in the 6-9 Year Old Category for our 2016 Children's Writing Competition with National Geographic Kids.