Conservation in the Developing World

I have found a correspondence to an entry to the Journal Science. The writer tells us that in the developing world, the popularity towards wanting to save the animals is a rare feeling, when they themselves are trying to make their lives better. Interestingly, in Indonesia, locals wonder why they don’t get the help Orang…

Orang Utans and Palm Oil.

Palm Oil is one of the most lucrative cash crops of recent time ( Nantha, H. S and Tisdell, C. 2009). Therefore from an economic point of view, there is a large opportunity cost between Orang Utan Conservation and Palm Oil farming. Opportunity cost is basically the cost (profit) sacrificed when a choice is made…

Drones helping save the Bornean Rainforest?

A researcher who lives in Borneo, Irendra Radjawali has starting building his own drones to keep track of the forest and make sure mining companies are not damaging the wildlife outside their allotted zone. Starting by himself and now having the backing of several large NGO’s (non government organisations) he is getting 15000 euros a…

Are Social Orang Utans more intelligent then solitary ones?

The Cultural Intelligence Hypotheses states that social learning encourages individual learning which encourages individual intelligence. So if an animal learns certain things from other individuals in its group, it will find it easier to pick up new skills individually aswell. Swiss researchers have put this to the test buy pitting Sumatran Orang Utans against Bornean…

We need to save the Leuser Ecosystem!

The Leuser Ecosystem is located in North Sumatra and is one of Earths richest and yet least known forests. It contains rare species such as the Sumatran Orang Utan, Sumatran Rhino, Sumatran Elephant and Sumatran Tiger. As you can imagine it is a large focus for conservationists around the world. Recently laws had been passed and…

Orang Utan Conservation is failing

“Orang Utan Conservation is failing” says Andrew Marshall, as assessor from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This bleak prediction shows that conservation efforts will not work and will ultimately end in extinction for the Man of the Forest. With just over half of the Bornean Forest habitable by Orang Utans and…