A PROJECT to save orangutans being championed by Northern Rivers environmental group Rainforest Rescue is already showing results, the group's chief executive has said.

Rainforest Rescue chief executive said people working to restore and protect 60 hectares of orangutan habitat in Sumatra recently found an orangutan nest in a recently restored area.

"Orangutans build nests or platforms out of leaves and branches to sleep in overnight and rest in during the day," Mr Davies said in a statement.

"The team were enormously encouraged by the direct evidence that an orangutan had been using the rainforest restored through their hard work and the funding provided by generous donors."

Rainforest Rescue is trying to raise $60,000 by April 13 to fund the restoration, which is being directed by Orangutan Centre founder and 2012 UN Hero of the Forests Award finalist Paunt Hadisiswoyo.

Mr Davies said an $82 donation to the project would cover the removal of 10 illegally planted oil palm trees, while $100 would pay for 50 rainforest trees to be grown into seedlings and planted. To completely restore one hectare of forest would cost about $1000.

To donate, see: http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/Protect_Rainforest_Forever.html



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