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“person of the forest”

Meet Malati. Check out that face. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her the moment I saw her all crouched up in her recycled tire nest hovering above her home at the Woodland Park Zoo. She had me at my first peek. They say she is a diva. I say she reminds me of my Grandma. Sorry Grandma. I mean that in every possible good way. Just sayin’. How could you not fall in love with her?. She appears to be a gentle giant. I wouldn’t go looking for a cuddle though. They like to take things apart and put them back together. Apparently, they are very proficient. I don’t think that works particularly well with human bones though. Just being funny, they are not human killers. In Indonesia and Malaysia the indigenous people name them orang hutan, which translates into “person of the forest”.In times past they would not kill them because they felt the orangutan was simply a person hiding in the trees, trying to avoid having to go to work or become a slave. I think these apes were onto something! Seriously though, we do share 97% of the same DNA. Yup, it’s true. They have the ability to reason and think. The very sad part is the orangutan have lost nearly 80% of the natural habitat through deforestation and the palm oil industry and are an endangered species due to illegal hunting and pet trade. Which brings me to the whole reason for this post. Raise awareness. How can you not? Just look into the face of Malati . Do I need to say more? If we all do just a little to help, it can add up to a lot.

“Let us remember, always, that we are the consumers. By exercising free choice, by choosing what to buy, what not to buy, we have the power, collectively to change the ethics of the business of industry. We have the potential to exert immense power for good–we each carry it with us, in our purses, checkbooks, and credit cards.” — Dr. Jane Goodall, A Reason for Hope
One more thought~ check out this link.. so much to know and they say knowledge is power.
http://www.orangutan.com/
Thanks for reading! Malati and her family thank you too.

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  1. apparently, she has “regular” visitors and waits for them to come by. Cool hey? Woodland Park Zoo is incredible… they take such awesome care of the animals. I met a very passionate woman that day who educated us on the orangutans. Good to know that there are fire bellied folks out there who give a hoot!

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