A journey to the heartland of the rainforest changes a person.
Sometimes, we are completely unprepared for the impact that
experience will have on our hearts and minds. It is only after we have
taken some time for reflection, we come to appreciate the things we
take for granted in the every day.
Last year, Anna Friel made such a journey of her own. Below, in her
own words, she describes the experience:
“Nothing prepares you for the moment an Orangutan looks into your
eyes. They are looking into your soul pleading for help. When I met
Romeo the look in his eyes went beyond this. It was utter sadness. He
is beyond hope. He is angry. Wouldn’t you be? All I could do was
apologise for what we, the human race, had done to him.”
Romeo, a fully grown male, has spent nearly 20 years in captivity
because we had nowhere safe to set him free.
But now, Romeo has a chance to know freedom. There is an island on
which he can live, with three other female Orangutans and enjoy for
the remainder of his life what he has been so long denied.
“His only hope for a taste of the freedom he deserves is to spend the
rest of his life on an island where he can finally see the world without
Anna’s appeal on his behalf is as simple as it is from the heart;
“Please help Romeo. There is still time for him to know the life he was
born for.” - Anna Friel, Actor and Conservation Activist.
Romeo’s last stand does not have to be behind the bars of cage. With
your help today, he can be where he should be, nesting in the trees
beneath open, starry skies.