Help build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through your efforts and those of other supporters. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity.
Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. We want to inform citizens in our own communities of this connection and continue to enlighten local people in areas near orangutan habitat.
"Critically Endangered, Critically in Need."
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently downgraded the status of the Bornean orangutan from “endangered” to “critically endangered” putting both orangutan species now only one step away from extinction.
The combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation, and illegal hunting have pushed both the Bornean and Sumatran orangutan toward an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Orangutan Caring Week is a perfect opportunity to spread awareness about the plight of orangutans and the urgent dangers facing their rainforest homes with the goal of motivating people to care – and to care enough to be moved to action!
If ever there was a time to care, that time is now!