14 Sep '12, 1pm

Can Eco-Tourism Save Wild Orangutans? (Video)

Can Eco-Tourism Save Wild Orangutans? (Video)

Wild orangutans on Borneo and Sumatra have decreased from 300,000 in the early 1900s to an estimated 30,000 today. Their forest homes are being wiped out to make room for large palm oil farms and the logging industry. A creative eco-tourism company has an innovative way to protect the animals and save their habitats: bring more sightseers to the area. Orangutan Odysseys has the vision of “Saving the Environment through Tourism.” The company believes the best way to save orangutans is by bringing more people to Sumatra and Borneo and let them see for themselves the dangers that threaten the primates. Their goal is to provide a once in a lifetime tour for guests showing them the real life experiences of orangutans that were forced from their homes and now live in sanctuaries. Visitors also see palm oil farms and the logging and mining businesses that have overrun the region....

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/can-eco-tourism-save-wild-ora...

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