The forests in which the orangutans live are being destroyed in order to produce palm oil. Palm oil is used in many different products.Palm oil is a vegetable oil, high in saturated fats (similar to coconut oil). It comes from the fruit of the African oil palm tree, and grows in the tropics -- flourishing in heat and rain.

Around 87 per cent of palm oil is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia, and Australia imports approximately 130,000 tonnes of palm oil every year, according to the WWF.

It is the world’s most popular edible oil, and is an ingredient in around 50 per cent of products on Australian supermarket shelves, including food, cosmetics and toiletries, and is also gaining traction in the biofuel industry.

Palm oil's popularity is due to a longer shelf life than butter and other vegetable oils, and because it’s cheap. Oil palms produce more vegetable oil per hectare of land than other crops.

Orangutans will soon be extinct in the wild if something is not done to stop the clearing of their forests for palm oil plantations. While orangutans may still survive in zoos, wild orangutans will be wiped out very soon if something is not done to halt the destruction of their forests. Orangutans are very interesting, intelligent animals, and I think it would be a great loss if they went extinct. I don't know how to make you care about this. All I can say is that I do, and I hope that you will join with me in my campaign to halt the destruction of orangutan habitat. Please click the link below, and check out my campaign! Thank you!

http://www.crowdrise.com/Borneo/fundraiser/MichaelLandau