In Decembers issue of Wild Planet magazine that is out now and I’m pleased to say my fourth article for this wonderful magazine covers the work of Orangutan Information Centre and their rescue team, HOCRU. I have shadowed this team now twice and seen firsthand their amazing work to save Sumatran Orangutans cut off from the rainforest living in fragmented forest surrounded by palm oil plantations, also confiscating them from the illegal pet trade.
“As Sumatra’s rainforests burn, Craig Jones reports on the handful of dedicated people battling to save the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans displaced by the relentless growth of palm oil plantations” Please click here to see the article, and for my previous articles in this magazine please click here.
Since my first visit to Sumatra several years ago now I have tired to gave a voice to these wonderful and peaceful great apes through my images. I’ve wanted to highlight what is happening to their forest homes and the many endangered animals that live on this wonderful island. Over the last several months both Sumatra and the neighboring island of Borneo have been burning with most fires having been started deliberately that have consumed vast areas of protected lands. putting many of the islands animals and people at great risk.
With some relief from the rains alot of those fires on the surface have been put on but still they burn under the surface and could start once more when the soil becomes dry. Its been very sad for me to watch and read the updates and I only hope that when I return next year that much of the damage has been contained and many places, people and animals were saved. If you’d like to know more on this issue then a wonderful article in the Guardian by George Monbiot can be read by clicking here.