Fire Appeal - Save Tuanan Orangutans
$32,186 of $32,000 goal
Because of our isolation and the government's need to allocate resources to the more immediate threats to human health and safety in urban areas, it is very difficult for the regional government to deploy fire patrol teams to this region, and thus we primarily rely on people from the nearby villages along the Kapuas River working together with our research team to monitor and fight fires in this area.
The fires are currently active just south of our research area and are quickly moving northwards. We are working closely with local communities to mobilize firefighting teams, but resources are extremely limited in the face of this growing imminent threat. We desperately need your support to save this valuable peatland forest and the critical habitat it provides for orangutans. A small donation goes a long way, and in this crisis situation, every dollar counts. Your donation will contribute directly to supporting the fire fighting activities currently underway.
Fire patrol team salary (20 people for 20 days): $5000
Logistics for team (food and water): $2584
Masks and safety equipment: $300
Fire hoses and nozzles (4): $267
Water pump (1): $916
Gas for patrol boats: $300
Water-tank backpacks (3): $600
Addition logistics to last us until November 15, 2015 (food, water, equipment, and fuel): $15,000
Installation of new hydrants in study area: $7,000
Smoke in the forest at Tuanan Orangutan research Project (TORP). Photo by Wendy Erb.
Tuanan assistant collects data on orangutans and monitors fires. Photo by Wendy Erb.
The forest before the fires. Photo by Tim Laman.
We are not out of the danger zone yet but your donations are supporting our team and we are so grateful! I spoke to our managers last night, and Wendy told me they estimate we have lost roughly 88 hectares of the study grid in the north, although with the fires still going on they can't do a full monitor. They are still patrolling and fighting the fires. We are so proud of our amazing team! We are working with BOSF to put in new hydrants throughout the study grid as well so we can better fight fires in the future. Thank you!
If you still have funds to donate and want to help, please consider donating to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. We work very closely with BOSF in Tuanan as a team. BOSF also runs Nyaru menteng and they are now dealing with all of the orangutans who have been forced out of the forests because of the fires. They desperately need your help to pay for the treatment of these malnourished and injured orangutans - who once healed can be relocated to forests. My graduate students Liz Ballare and Didik Prasetyo are working with BOSF NM vets to monitor the health of these individuals and quantify the effects of fires on orangutan health. Please - BOSF needs your help to bring these displaced orangutans back to their home! You can donate here
http://orangutan.or.id/our-amazing-medical-team-rescuing-o…/ or here for BOSF http://donation.orangutan.or.id/
WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL BECAUSE OF YOU!
We are so grateful and overwhelmed by your very generous donations. It is amazing how everyone, friends, family, colleagues, past researchers from Tuanan, people who care about orangutans and their habitat, and people who just care about life have supported us.
While the fires are still raging, we have raised enough funds for the moment. If this changes, we will let you know. We have enough funds to pay the salaries for another month, buy the equipment we need to fight the fires, and pay someone to add more hydrants to the study grid and beyond. We will continue to keep you posted! Thank you so much for your help and your kind words.
The Tuanan Orangutan Research Project