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The London Lite reports today (19th May) that hundreds of acres of Indonesian rain forest used as a sanctuary for the endangered orang-utan will be destroyed to feed our voracious ‘need’ for paper. The forest, in Sumatra, is used as a release point for orangs made homeless when their habitats were destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. The forest is set to be cleared by Asia Pulp & Paper who could not be contacted by London Lite. Scientists believe that with the current rate of deforestation by 2020 there will be so few wild orangutans that the population will not be sustainable.
Bill Baily will headline a special concert for Orangutan SOS on the 1st June 2009 at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The OrangAid concert features Dave Brown (who is Bollo in the Mighty Boosh), Tim Minchin, Nina Conti and Jason Manford and is hosted by Simon Munnery, For tickets see :the Sumatran Orangutan Society website – SOS http://www.orangutans-sos.org/