Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


World expert’s SOS for orangutan


World expert’s SOS for orangutan


Ian Singleton with Orangutan friend

Orangutan expert Dr Ian Singleton, in New Zealand for an Auckland Zoo-hosted public talk this month, is urging Kiwis to support a petition to protect vital forest for orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos in North Sumatra.

The world-renowned Sumatran based conservationist, who will speak at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre at 7pm on 19 August (International Orangutan Day), says Aceh Province’s Leuser Ecosystem is a biodiversity hotspot in jeopardy. It comprises 2.6 million hectares of protected rainforest, and is the only place on earth where these four critically endangered species roam together in the wild.

“Right now, the Aceh Governor is being pressured by Aceh’s parliament to sign a new law that would enable new road, timber, mining and plantation concessions and destroy huge tracts of this forest,” says Dr Singleton.

“The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important conservation areas on earth, and home to 85% of the remaining wild Sumatran orangutan population. Whether or not we have these magnificent great apes, and Sumatran elephants, rhinos and tigers in 15 years’ time will depend on decisions being made today. It’s that serious. New Zealanders, for these and a myriad of other threatened species in this area, please sign and share the petition at change.org/leuserheritage to protect this vital forest.”
Dr Singleton, who has dedicated his life to conserving the orangutan, is Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), a project Auckland Zoo has supported for over 12 years, and is co-founder of Earth 4 Orangutans.

In his Auckland talk, ‘In Your Hands’, Dr Singleton will share his inspirational journey, latest news and activities from the field, and what’s needed to ensure a future for this most peaceful of primates we’re so closely related to – renowned for its vital role as the ‘gardener of the forest’.

Tickets to Dr Singleton’s fundraising talk ‘In Your Hands’, are $20, and available from Auckland Zoo. Phone (09) 360 3805. All profits will go to Earth 4 Orangutans - to establish an Orangutan Haven and Conservation Education Centre in North Sumatra. Visit www.earth4orangutans www.sumatranorangutan.org and www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

Ends

Event Details
‘In Your Hands’an inspirational evening with Dr Ian Singleton
Date: Monday 19 August (7pm), Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Tickets: $20 per person
Bookings: Phone 360 3805* or in person at Auckland Zoo Info Centre
*Please note, a $3 courier fee applies for tickets purchased by phone

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news