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Brockenhurst charity founder Sue Sheward, who received an M.B.E. in the 2012 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for the work of her charity Orangutan Appeal UK*, is travelling to Borneo this week to complete the filming of an eight part documentary she has been making for Discovery Channel’s – Animal Planet.  The series features Sue’s work in Malaysian Borneo at the renowned Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre** to rescue and rehabilitate our closest cousins, the endangered orangutans. 

Sue says “since I first became involved in the conservation efforts of these beautiful apes their numbers have fallen dramatically in the wild from over 100,000 to the latest estimate of just 20,000. Orangutans are among the rarest primates on earth - and man’s closest cousins, therefore, awareness of their plight is essential if they are not to be lost forever”

On Sue’s return to the UK she is staging an inspiring Presentation on Wednesday 11th June and Friday 13th June 2014
at The Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, Hampshire and Preston Cross Hotel Bookham entitled:-

       “A Route to Compassionate Conservation”

which will be delivered by OAUK's primatologist who has been coordinating the charity's ground breaking Research Project since 2009.  Additionally, there will be speakers from the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project on the Rainforests of Borneo.   T.Vs ‘S.O.S Wildlife’ personality and Founder, Simon Cowell MBE, will be rounding off the evening with an exciting auction.

Both the Presentation and the Discovery TV series, which is due to be aired next January, is expected to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the problems which face this great ape and encourage some much needed funding and support.

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If you would like to attend the Balmer Lawn  or Preston Cross presentation or arrange an interview, please contact:

Sue Sheward on 01372 453153 / 0771 863 6022 or


*Orangutan Appeal UK
Founded in 2001 by Sue Sheward, Orangutan Appeal UK works mainly in the remote areas of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo, funding rescue missions, rehabilitation projects and raising awareness worldwide.
It is a UK registered charity, based in Effingham, Surrey and with admin offices in Brockenhurst in the New Forest. The charity works closely with Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and maintains a presence at the centre providing veterinary care, a groundbreaking post release monitoring project and a Liaison Officer to help spread awareness of the orangutans’ plight among tourists. 

Orangutan Appeal UK Adoption Scheme
The charity also operates an adoption scheme for orphaned baby orangutans. For further information visit and click ‘Adopt’ or call 01590 623443.

**Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre
Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The site is 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 Orangutans are living free in the reserve.