STOP BUYING PALM OIL. Rain forests cover 60 per cent of Indonesia, but orangutans - which means man of the forest - have seen their habitat cut down at an alarming rate, often to fuel the need for space to grow palm oil crops. Many adult orangutans are killed by farmers in Indonesia and Borneo to prevent them eating crops as their natural food disappears, leaving helpless orphans to die in the wild.
Mely was snatched from her mother 16 years ago, shackled in chains, tethered on to a tiny verandah as a pet. She had endured seeing her mother shot and her carcass left to rot by a fisherman who wanted to keep her as a pet. ...she was an outcast, fed on raw noodles and chilli powder which left her undernourished and unhealthy. Now the home that will be Mely's until the day she dies is taking shape and will be ready for her to move into later this year.