A GRUELLING 900km trek across rough terrain seems daunting but for Rockhampton's Nicola Rouse, every drop of sweat counts towards saving a beloved primate that may not live to see 2023.
"In Borneo, we are seeing large industrial and resources companies killing off these primates so they can plant palm trees to mass-produce and develop palm oil products . . . all for a profit," Nicola said.
"Companies can always reproduce a product but you can never replace a life or bring these guys back.
"Since 1960, these companies have killed more than 50% of this species . . . in 10 years time they won't be around if we don't do something about it."
Nicola is gathering all her strength and courage to take on the 900km Trans Borneo Challenge to help save orangutans.
To do this she needs help raising $200,000 for The Orangutan Project.
She is asking the public for support on her lengthy hike, which isn't just a treacherous bush walk.
In some parts she will be catching public transport, and will even be sailing by boat.
Nicola has heard a number of gruesome stories not only about orangutans being slaughtered, but also the mass-destruction of the natural rainforest, which orangutans depend on for food.
"A driver was in a large bulldozer clearing trees when an orangutans approached his vehicle," she said.
"When he saw this, he poured petrol over the orangutans and set it on fire.
"And with logging companies destroying their food, they will starve."
She leaves for Borneo in August.
Donate at www.orangutanodysseys.com.
Donating to the cause
- To help Nicola you can visit www.orangutanodysseys.com.
- Nicola and 19 other trekkers are raising to aim $200,000 to help save the orangutan
- She will trek across 900km of rough terrain in Borneo
- She predicts the orangutan may not live another 10 years if nothing is done.
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