Man of the Forest
Natural habitat of the Sumatran and Bornean rain forests of orangutans is in grave danger due to excessive logging, deforestation and increased spread of palm plantations. Humans are consuming the trees, food and animals that they eat and hence has endangered the orangutan species. Pet trading is one more danger to decreasing orangutan population.
Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS)
Liam’s connection with the Orangutan came about in 2005 through the work that he was doing with Zoos Victoria. It was here that he was introduced to three species of critically endangered wildlife, the Sumatran Elephant,Tiger and of course Orangutan. This experience gave him the opportunity to not only learn about these unique creatures but also form friendships with some of the keepers and get involved in the conservation programs outside of their zoo work that they are working in, which are helping to preserve and maintain these species in their natural habitats. In 2008 one such program took him to Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) it was here at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center that he got a true indication of the what deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade is having on these animals.
“ Orangutans look straight into your soul.” – Willie Smits