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‘Jeremy and Amy’ book saddened me – let’s continue to help the Orangutan despite what he says!

I am realistic enough to know that the devastating rate palm oil companies pull down pristine rainforest in Borneo andSumatrais so fast and furious that there is little hope of stopping it in time to save the wildlife and Orangutan living in said forests.  Yes, their habitat is being taken from under them every single day.  Team that with the horrendous way the palm oil plantation workers sometimes treat the Orangutan to keep them off the plantations and the poachers who kill mother orang-utan for their babies for pets, and it gets worse and worse.

However, I do still believe that we should not give up hope.  Giving up on the Orangutan while they are still alive and kicking around the world (albeit in sadly decreasing numbers) is not an option.  Maybe we can save some Orangutan, maybe we can slow the rate their habitats are taken from them, maybe there are still things we can do.  I am no expert, but the save the orang-utan charities are far from giving up. 

So, when I bought and picked up Jeremy Keeling’s memoir ‘Jeremy and Amy’ I felt I was in for a treat, but on the very first page of his story, he tells us to give up on the Orangutan and put our efforts into other campaigns and animals.  He says that many Orangutan in the wild are having a terrible life, but the multiple Orangutan I saw in the wild in Borneo seemed very happy and healthy to me – most likely much happier than those kept in cages in Monkey World!  Realistic it might be, but I believe in never giving up hope, and his words could encourage thousands of people to give up.  I find it very upsetting and was unable to read his whole book.  Oh dear, what a world it is when someone like that publishes something like that to so many people. 

Just remember, for all the good Monkey World does in saving primates, those primates are all kept in cages and will NEVER know freedom – is that right?  It is very debateable.  I certainly wouldn’t like it and since Orangutan are so similar to humans, perhaps they don’t either.  In the wild they swing through the trees, utilising a few km of forest each!  I applaud what people like Lone Droscher do – setting up rehabilitation centres in the rainforests of Borneo to save Orangutan and train and help them to get back into the wild and live a normal life.  THAT is helping the Orangutan, let’s remember that. 

I will never give up hope and I will not give up on the Orangutan!

Sandra 🙂