On Sunday the 9th March, Lone will be coming to Brisbane to give a lecture on Orang-utan Conservation at QUT Kelvin Grove from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Lone Dröscher Neilsen is a Dutch woman also known as the "mother of one thousand", whose tireless work at the Nyaru Menteng Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo has made her one of the world's leading experts in primate care.
image courtesy Borneo Orang-utan Survival (BOS) Australia
Lone is in Australia for the first time and her talk will be both informative and inspiring. "Seeing an animal freed touches something so deep inside", she has said. Her methods of rehabilitation have received international recognition, and more than half of the population of rescued orang-utans are under her care at the Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre, the largest of it's kind in the world.
The Borneo Orangutan is an endangered species - image courtesy BOSA
Orang-utans need our help - with only around 50,000 left in the world today and an estimated 6,000 disappearing every year, their species could become extinct in our lifetime, which would be an untimely and incredible loss. The greatest threat to their existence is the alarming and extensive destruction of their rainforest, mostly to make way for Palm Oil plantations.
Visiting the rehabilitation centres in Borneo is a unique experience
BOSA is a volunteer organisation raising funds for rescued orang-utans. They work to save the orang-utan by rescuing and rehabilitating them, their ultimate goal to release them back to the forest. Lone's achievements and success at teaching them to learn the wild skills necessary for survival has been immeasurable.
BOSA relies completely on donations and adoptions but there are also many other exciting ways you can contribute; check out their How to Help page. Orang-utan's make great gifts too, so if you're stuck for a birthday or Christmas gift for someone who's got it all, consider adopting them an Orang-utan!
Save Our Species - make informed consumer choices - image courtesy BOSA
BOSA have put together a list of Palm oil free alternatives to help you make informed consumer choices, and more information on Palm oil can be found here. In Australia food and cosmetic labelling need only say "vegetable oil", which most often is Palm Oil. Chooktopia have a website to help you work out the labelling, so the next time you reach for a packet of Tim Tam's or a Kit Kat, you might want to swap it for a Whittaker's bar instead.
Brisbane tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event can be purchased here. Adults are only $25 and concessions are $15.