When we spoke to Bumitama about their new plantation in the area, we told them that the future of Tanjung Puting has to include everyone, not just folks that will join them in working the plantation. They agreed and this is why these kids are so excited to go back to school now!
On top of putting forty five needy children in school uniforms, funding we received from Bumitama also went to donate a life sized form of the human skeleton and a microscope. The next generation of conservations and activists has to come from kids like these if we are to have long term meaningful conservation in Borneo.
Planted tree species will include food sources for wildlife including orangutans and prosboscis monkeys but we hope to plant as many endangered tree species as possible. The key one will be Shorea belangeran which is listed in the IUCN lists as Critically Endangered. It would be a beautiful thing if we can save not only wildlife like orangutans from extinction but also trees and flowers that are so important to Borneo’s biodiversity.