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Plight of the Orangutan - can you help? Updated 21 March
« on: March 20, 2006, 03:11:55 AM »
Hi everyone,

As most of you know I am a keen conservationist and I liaise with the Orangutan project from the Uk and around the world

Michelle Desilets has sent me this newsletter and as you guys are so good at writing I wondered if any of you may just write to the following as Michelle as outlined in her newsletter below - We both apologise for the length of the letter but I am sure you will find it interesting



Dear Lin,

First of all, I would like to send heartfelt thanks to all of you who are supporting this campaign. I know saving orangutans in S.E. Asia may at times seem very remote to you, especially if you do not receive a reply to the emails we have asked you to send to overseas government officials. The good news is, although I am unable to go into details publicly, I can confirm we are all making a difference.

The international awareness of these incarcerated orangutans has never been higher. The pressure on the countries and people concerned has never been greater. Without which, the orangutans would die, be killed or sold to other zoos. All those people who up to now have been part of the problem, know that the eyes of the world are upon them - and will remain so until all these orangutans are returned to Indonesia.

Although nothing to do with our campaign, in Thailand the Prime Minister is facing mass protests for his resignation. Given his enthusiasm for placing more wild animals (including orangutans) in his home-town zoo, if he resigns he will not be a loss to us.

In recent weeks, we have been gathering support for a letter to CITES, the international organisation which needs to be held more publicly accountable for these orangutans’ desperate situation. The response has been wonderful, and last week we sent a letter to the Secretary General with the support of 40 international conservation organisations and two highly regarded conservationists, Sir David Attenborough and Dr. Richard Leakey.

There are many people in overseas countries with local knowledge who are also providing the campaign with a lot of confidential information and support, to whom we are enormously grateful.

Whilst many things are happening behind the scenes which we are unable to report on publicly at the moment, do you think you could please continue helping with letters to:

Please will you write to the Ambassador and ask him when his country will be returning the 22+ orangutans to Indonesia who have been languishing at the Koh Kong Safari World for two years?
The Ambassador is HOR Nambora (correct spelling): and copy it to

It would also be a great help if you would write to the owner of Koh Kong Safari World, Mr Ly Yong Phat, and ask him when will he be returning these illegally obtained orangutans to Indonesia - and in the meantime will he stop using these animals in circus-style tricks to entertain visitors? His email address:

The Prime Minister and copy it to the Minister of the Ministry of Environment: H.E. Yongyut Tiyapairut: and also to this address Simply ask them when are they going to return the orangutans to Indonesia?

Has a new Minister of the Environment Datuk Azmi Khalid Email address: Please could you write and ask him when HE will return the seven orangutans currently being made to perform clown-like degrading tricks in Malaysian zoos, back to Indonesia.
Please copy it to and

Please could you also email the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Saudi Arabia? and copy to also to Please ask if there is any truth in the rumour that the single orangutan confiscated from a pet shop last year by their authorities, has since been given to a member of the Royal Family?

CITES: If you have not had a reply to your postcard, we encourage you to write to the Secretary General Mr. William Wijnstekers and simply ask, "What are you personally doing to help all these orangutans illegally imported into Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia?" Please keep emailing him until you do receive a reply.

Since we all last wrote, a CITES official has been in touch , but we are still waiting for many questions to be answered.

Please be polite at all times with all your letters and always ask for a reply.

We also hope you will help us in our efforts to gain more signatories to 2 petition campaigns at:

We need to keep up the pressure from all angles until this trade is put out of business.

THANK YOU once again. I am sorry this is rather a long letter - there's actually so much more I could write!

Please could you email these people today and whilst it is still fresh in your mind? If we were to give up, the orangutans are likely to either die or face a life of misery in confinement, but we won't let this happen, will we?

These orangutans have no one to speak for them, but us.

With sincere thanks,

Michelle Desilets
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
P.S. Please do write - we REALLY are counting on your continued support.

Michelle Desilets
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
"Primates Helping Primates"
Please sign our petition to rescue over 100 smuggled orangutans in Thailand:
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