www.deforestAction.com is sending 10 "Action Agents" to Borneo to protect the orangutans and the forest. Project Borneo is a collaboration between deforestAction and Orangutan Outreach. This is an amazing opportunity to really contribute to conservation in Borneo, and work with the fabulous Dr. Willie Smits. Participants will be communicating to the world about their experience in Borneo - through internet, tv and a movie. Participants will work to save the forests and the orangutans, but also replant forests with the community - creating a sustainable model that makes protecting the forests profitable for the local communities. I would love the opportunity to take part in this project. My sister and I both applied. See our videos below. Please also go to their site and VOTE for us & help us go to Borneo!!!
Have you ever heard an orangutan giggle? You should! Whenever I need a little cheering up - I listen to this: OrangutanLaughing
That is baby Sen (pictured above) laughing when he is tickled. You can help support orangutan conservation buy adopting Sen.
10% of the profits from our Gibbon Shirt are donated to the Sumatran Orangutan Society's Tree Replanting Program. They are working to restore the quickly disappearing rainforest habitats of Sumatra. Sumatra is home to three species of gibbon, the Lar Gibbon (top), Agile Gibbon (middle), and Siamang (bottom). All three species are endangered due to habitat loss.
Fun Facts: -Gibbons are monogamous. -Gibbons aren't monkeys - they are apes - like humans. This mean they have big brains and no tails. -Gibbon calls seriously sound like car alarms. Check one out here: Silvery Gibbon Call -Gibbons have a ball and socket wrist joint which allows them to move quickly and gracefully through the tree tops.
When I visit Borneo, every chance I get, I go on night walks and night safaris in hopes to see one of these amazing creatures. On our last trip to Borneo, one of our favorite rangers - Gabili, took us on a 2.5 hour night walk. Right as we were coming to the end of our trek we found this little guy. It was even more amazing to see one in real life than I could have imagined. He just sort of sat their and let us snap a few shots. Once he decided we had enough he just hopped off from one tree trunk to the next and was gone in an instant.
My sister took the amazing photo above, which will be available in our store in a few days.
Classification: Tarsius bancanus (scientific name) is a species of prosimian, a primate that is not a monkey or ape. Also known as Horsfield's Tarsier.
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Habitat: Primarily found in secondary forest in dense ground vegetation and small trees. Can also be found in primary forest and plantations.
Behavior: nocturnal, arboreal, carnivorous - insectivorous, monogamous
Threats: The tarsiers' main threat is habitat loss due to converting forest to palm oil plantations, fires and logging. It is also a victim of illegal pet trade and suffers contamination from pesticides.
-The Tarsier can almost always be found between 3.5 - 6 m above the forest floor.
-Their eyes are extremely large in proportion to their body size. Each eyeball is as large as their entire brain.
-Unlike most nocturnal animals, Tarsiers lack the light reflecting part of the eye - making them very difficult to find.
-Tarsiers are the only entirely carnivorous species of primate
-Fossels of Tarsiers have been found in Europe, Asia and North America.