Fire-Fighting Urgent Appeal

Fires destroy orangutan forest habitat

Firefighting teams in Borneo are on high alert, as drought grips the region and fires destroy orangutan forest habitat. Funds are urgently needed to combat the flames.

A strong El Niño event is currently underway, drought is expected to continue into 2016 and thousands of peat fires are raging across the island. Thick smog from peat fires has shrouded the region since August, flights have been cancelled, schools closed, air pollutant levels are rated “dangerous” and local people are sick, with thousands of premature deaths occurring. The Sabangau Forest is at high risk of fire, posing a serious threat to the world’s largest orangutan population, plus the many other amazing wildlife species that live here. Fire has already damaged our conservation partner OuTrop's patrol post and access railway, and has burned forest less than 3 km away from their research camp. 

We urgently need your help to fund manpower and equipment for fire-fighting teams to tackle these devastating fires and save the orangutans, gibbons and other incredible wildlife that call Sabangau home.

Please click here to donate if you can.  Thank you

Thanks to your generous support Orangutan Appeal UK was able to make an emergency funding donation to the fire-fighting team of £5000.  Here is our chairlady Sue presenting the cheque to Dr Mark Harrison at our reception at the House of Commons on 29th October 2015

Mark And Sue Cheque Presentation