The Sumatran Orangutan is critically endangered! That means it is very close to extinction. Sadly, it is not alone. There are thousands of animals near extinction. The main reason is that some people think money is more important than animals. There are so many endangered species that I will never be able to write a story about each of them. So, I chose the Sumatran Orangutan to represent all of them.

 

In the case of the Sumatran Orangutan, the problem is Conflict Palm Oil or palm oil farmed in an environmentally and socially destructive manner. This bad palm oil is made by governments and big businesses that are corrupt and greedy. The result is that orangutans are being driven towards extinction and families that depend on the forest to survive are losing their ancestral lands. Also, forced and child labor practices are widespread. 

 

Palm oil is very useful, and it has become a part of our everyday lives. It can be found in margarine, chocolate, baby food, lipsticks, shampoo, pastries, instant noodles, candies, and even deodorants. That is why it is very hard to stop people from making Conflict Palm Oil (the bad kind).

 

If you bought this book, congratulations, you have already done something to help. Part of the proceeds from this book is donated to help stop Conflict Palm Oil. If you would like to do more to help save the Sumatran Orangutan and other critically endangered species such as the Sumatran Tiger and the Sumatran Rhino, please, only buy products made with Sustainable Palm Oil (the good kind). Sustainable Palm Oil comes from sources that meet standards such as the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification standards.

 

To learn more about companies and products that meet certification standards for Sustainable Palm Oil visit, RSPO.org.

 

“A primate and a tree should be as safe as you and me.”

 

–  Paul Rodriguez

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