Posted in Animal Conservation & Welfare, Environment, Orphans, tagged Australian Orangutan Project, Borneo, extinction, orangutans, palm oil, rain forest, Sumatra on May 31, 2011 |
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I nearly wrote “One of our favorite charitable organizations …”, but that thought goes through my head nearly every week. We haven’t yet supported an organization or a cause that didn’t become a favorite in some way.
Ugo Blanco, our baby
So, to be more precise, this week we’ve decided to continue support of our favorite adopted child. (more…)
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Posted in Animal Conservation & Welfare, Environment, tagged Australian Orangutan Project, Borneo, Bukit Lawang, Greenpeace, Nestle, orangutan adoption, orangutans, palm oil, palm oil orphans, palm oil plantations, Sumatra, WWF on May 27, 2010 |
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Photo Credit: Smulan77
Ugo Blanco was born on February 12, 2007, in Bukit Lawang, on Indonesia’s Northern island of Sumatra, a popular tourist destination known for its easy-going pace and jungle treks. Tragically, Ugo’s mother, Fifri, died while giving birth, leaving Ugo without known family. Luckily, he was found and moved to the Batu Mbelin Centre where he has since been raised. But the center is one of many of its kind that need support. After being alerted to this problem by writer and friend, Prue Batten, Nils and I decided to adopt Ugo.
When Prue wrote me about her adoption of “her” Wallis and sent me to the AOP website, my reaction was much the same as hers, “… For me the look in the eyes of the babies who had lost their mothers was the key. Orangutans’ eyes (like elephants and dolphins) are tremendously wise and knowing, as if they can see into the future, the past and all things in between. There was also the way the babies hung on to each other and to human carers, as if to say, this is what matters: love, care and respect. It wasn’t even a question for me. I was ready to adopt.” (more…)
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