Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rishi and Emily

When two year old Emily Bland met one year-old orangutan Rishi there was an almost instant connection, as her father tells it.

Photographer Robert Bland had taken his daughter along with him on assignment at the T.I.G.E.R.S. animal sanctuary in Miami, Florida because he thought it would be a good experience for Emily. The resulting friendship and unplanned photo-op has instead shown the world yet again what a truly magnificent combination animals and humans can be.

According to Dr. Bhagavan Antle, “Orangutans are intelligent and certainly the most friendly apes on the planet. All infants have the capacity to get along and as youngsters the barriers between species appear to disappear.

“Orangutans are one of the most endangered species on earth. Recent expansions of palm oil plantations and over logging of their forests in Borneo and Sumatra have created a rapidly declining habitat for these great apes.”

If you are interested in learning more about their cause or how to help them, please visit: http://savetheorangutan.org/splash.html

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