HELPING: Kobe Steele with Tommy, one of the orangutans at the Orangutan Foundation International Orphan Care Centre in Central Kalimantan, Borneo.
HELPING: Kobe Steele with Tommy, one of the orangutans at the Orangutan Foundation International Orphan Care Centre in Central Kalimantan, Borneo.

Award-winning orangutan docco screening at Byron

AN award winning documentary highlighting the environmental devastation facing the orangutan will screen at the Byron Community Centre tonight.

The Last Trimate illustrates the uncertain future faced by orangutans. The screening will raise funds to secure future habitat for the endangered primates.

The movie follows the work of an admirable woman, Dr Birute Galdikas, as she highlights the plight of the elusive "red ape" and offers some hope for their survival as their habitat is being decimated daily.

Estimates are that fewer than 50,000 orangutans live on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra, the only places on Earth they are found.

Orangutan Foundation International Australia co-founder Kobe Steele said the remaining rainforest habitat of the orangutan was being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations or by locals logging areas of rainforest.

"If the habitat destruction continues at the current speed, we will see this ext-raordinary species wiped out," she said.

"It's heartbreaking to imagine, we could let this happen to a fellow primate which shares approximately 97% of our human DNA."

In January this year 2600ha of forest was bought and is now home to 200 orangutans.

Ms Steele said Orangutan Foundation International Australia hoped to raise enough money to buy adjoining areas of forest.

Tickets are $20 each, with money raised going toward protecting as much Orangutan habitat as possible.

Following the screening an after-party with music by The New High and DJ Duru will be held at the Treehouse on Belongil.

Tickets are available at the door or at byroncentre.com.au.



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