Gold miners vs. Orangutans

Today we could save a species.

There are only 800 Tapanuli orangutans left on Earth, and their forest home is being decimated for a gold mine.

But we've beat this company before, so we know how. Chip in to fund headline-grabbing actions that can bring them to the negotiating table -- and let's save these orangutans:

Tapanuli orangutan looking straight into the camera

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A gold-mining company is destroying the forest home of the last 800 Tapanuli orangutans on the planet. We have to stop them -- and we know how.

This mining company has a glaring Achilles heel: it's owned by the same people as Mandarin Oriental luxury hotels, a public-facing brand that depends on a clean reputation.

In 2015, when the same company threatened the habitat of the super-endangered Sumatran elephant, protests... and media coverage at their hotels drove them to the negotiating table.

So now we need to do it again -- chip in CA$87 and we'll launch a global day of action at flagship Mandarin Oriental hotels in Paris, London, and New York, generating a firestorm of press that can't be ignored.

We can save this species -- but only if we act fast:

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The frizzy-haired, mustachioed Tapanuli orangutan are already the most endangered great ape on Earth. Unfortunately, their only home -- the Batang Toru rainforest in Indonesia -- rests on a rich seam of gold, which British conglomerate Jardine Matheson will stop at nothing to tear from the ground.

The project has already destroyed nearly 42 football fields worth of fragile habitat -- and satellite images have just revealed a new expansion of the mine into the heart of orangutan territory.

If we're going to save the last Tapanuli orangutans from extinction, we need to act fast. Their home is literally disappearing before our eyes.

Jardine Matheson can only get away with this if it stays a secret. So we need to blow the lid off it. With your support, we can pull off a global day of action outside Mandarin Oriental hotels and put the company's most vulnerable brand at risk. Again -- we know this strategy works because it has worked before! Can you help do it again?

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One more thing about those action outside the hotels that saved the Sumatran elephant in 2015 -- they were funded by SumOfUs members! It's not every day you can save a species. Let's do it again.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Fatah and the SumOfUs team


More information:

Fears rare orangutan 'being driven to extinction' by gold mine. Independent. 7 September 2020.

Revealed: Newly-discovered orangutan species is 'being driven to extinction' by British firm’s goldmine. The Telegraph. 6 September 2020.

IUCN calls for a moratorium on projects impacting the Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan. IUNC. 16 April 2019.

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