Describe somewhere you would live but have never visited.

This for me is quite an easy one. I would love to live and work with Orangutans, something like conservation would be amazing so Borneo would be my first choice (so much so that if I ever won enough on the lottery, I’d have a few trips with my loved ones and then i’d relocate…..probably before the cheque even cleared!)

borneo map

I would love to be part of the community caring for Orangs, I adopted one for myself this year – Okto, he is a young Orang who was found abandoned, no parents around (probably killed) and no one to care for him and ensure he has a full and happy life.

okto 2

Thankfully since his arrival he has learnt how to climb trees and which forest fruits to eat. Okto still needs to master his nest- making skills!

I’m really proud to be helping the great community that is caring for these great animals and to be a supporter of Sustainable Palm oil usage as well. I’d love to be a volunteer one year for this foundation as they have annual groups going out to help, but as it’s a few thousand pounds to do it, chances are, I never would be able to, which is a shame, but I will continue to support them in any way I can.

So, I suppose, given the choice, somewhere far flung like this would be amazing. I’m not sure my other half would be as happy but probably if I could guarantee wi-fi, (and to knock him out on the plane as the flight would be too much for him) he’d be cool with it!

Here’s some facts about Borneo:

  1. Borneo isn’t a country. It is in fact an island that is administered by 3 different countries – Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.
  2. Half of the worlds timber comes from Borneo. Forty years ago 73.7% of the country was covered by rainforest, tragically today only 50.5% is covered.
  3. Borneo is the world’s third largest island, behind Greenland and New Guinea.
  4. Orangutans can only be found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
  5. The rainforest in Borneo is one of the oldest in the world and is estimated to be about 130 million years old.
  6. There are over 200 different ethnic groups in Borneo.
  7. The people that make up those ethnic groups are known as Dayaks.
  8. Borneo is twice the size of Germany.
  9. Borneo is home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain: Mount Kinabalu.
  10. During the last 10 years 360 new species have been found in Borneo.
  11. Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, being home to an estimated 15,000 different plant species.
  12. Borneo is home to the Rafflesia Arnoldii flower; the largest flower in the world.
  13. Said flower is also known as the corpse flower as it is said to smell like rotting corpes.
  14. Borneo is thought to be home to around 222 mammals – 44 of which are only found in Borneo.

I’d love to be able to live somewhere close to the jungle area, working with these apes in a refuge or support team. Just doing what I am currently doing and avoiding things which harm these animals makes me feel better about things. It’s not a perfect life, but the simpler life, with access to these gorgeous creatures would probably make my life 😀

What about you dear reader? If you could live anywhere on this little greeny marble of ours, where would it be?

Also, if you’re interested in finding out more about Palm oil, it’s uses and the perils of it, or the wonderful creatures of Borneo, these are some really useful websites:

http://www.orangutan.org.uk/ – a really great site and who helped me adopt my Orang.

http://palmoilscorecard.panda.org/ – want to know how your fave companies rate? have a look here (the most recent is from 2016)

I should point out, it’s not ONLY orangs i’d like to help in Borneo, have a look at these little creatures too:

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