Almost Human: Orangutans
We will include the production of a film in our ‘Sustainable Futures’ short documentary series and an action campaign where we will align our film and our econic earth presence with events and platforms in the USA and around the world to discuss the current issues surrounding the fate of the Orangutan which live in Indonesia and Malaysia.
We will also feature and the hard work of our featured non-profits to ensure their survival.
- 1. In Malay orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Thus, orangutan literally means “person of the forest.”
- 2. Orangutans possess 32 teeth, the same number present in Humans.
- 3. They share 97 per cent of their DNA with people. Although that makes the red-haired apes less closely related to us than chimps – who have 99 per cent of DNA in common – a small portion of orangutan DNA is a closer match to human DNA, the international team of researchers found.
- 4. Orangutans live on only two islands, Borneo and northern Sumatra. They are a relic species. At the end of the pleistocene period some 12,000 years ago, their range was much wider, encompassing southern China, Indochina, Java and southern Sumatra. The species is now extinct in all these regions.
- 5. Orangutans have the most intense relationship between mother and young of any non-human mammal. Mothers carry their offspring for the first five years, and may suckle them for six or seven years. For the first eight years of a young orangutans life, its mother is its constant companion. Until another infant is born, mothers sleep in a nest with their offspring every night.
- 6. Like humans, orangutans have opposable thumbs. Their big toes are also opposable.
- 7. Orangutan are thought to be the first great apes that will become extinct unless people help to protect them. Their numbers have fallen from over 300,000 in just under 100 years to less than 6600 in Sumatra and less than 54,000 in Borneo.
How you can help:
- 1. Share information about the Orangutan. The more people that are aware about the sensitivities of this intelligent species that is moving towards extinction due to loss of habitat, the more action and protection measures will be taken.
- 2. Donate to our project.
- 3. Do not buy or consume palm oil products that are not sustainably harvested
- 4. Do not support Orangutans as pets, or local businesses holding them captive for entertainment.
- 5. Send us links to grant programs and sponsors that can assist us in this initiative.
- 6. Invite us to present our short documentary and speak on our environmental conservation programs at relative events.
Sponsors we are seeking:
- 1. Airlines that are willing to sponsor our team with return airfare for 3-5 people to fly to the designated destination to film the documentary.
- 2. Footage of the Orangutan in the wild, the decimation of natural habitat and anything you think we might be able to incorporate into our documentary.
- 3. Hiking and camping gear sponsors, who are willing to provide equipment for the off-grid component of the short documentary.
- 4. Post production and editing services for our documentary.
- 5. Any products and sponsors that you believe are relevant to this project.
- 6. Screening opportunities, Magazine write ups, press and media attention.
- 7. Non-profits in Indonesia who are interested to collaborate with us on this initiative and receive the solar energy installation.