Friday, June 20, 2008


Long-time friend of the London Mennonite Centre Dave Nussbaum (I'm on the LMC Council) has been moving up in the NGO world for some time. Finance director of Oxfam for a number of years, he moved on to head up Transparency International and is now director of the World Wildlife Fund UK. Environmental concern has put a new twist on animal welfare, pushing it into the species protection arena. You can even adopt a monkey now: Less than 63,000 orangutans are estimated to survive in the wild today. Orangutans are now found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Habitat destruction and fragmentation - caused by commercial logging and clearance for oil palm plantations and agriculture - are by far the greatest threats that these creatures face.

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