Surrey-based international wildlife charity celebrates 10th anniversary with MBE for founder
PUBLISHED: 09:56 11 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:52 20 February 2013
Supporters of Orangutan Appeal UK joined the charity's founder Sue Sheward at a reception in Effingham to mark the charity's 10th anniversary.
Supporters of Orangutan Appeal UK joined the charitys founder Sue Sheward at a reception in Effingham to mark the charitys 10th anniversary.
Held at The Sir Douglas Haig pub, BBC Worlds Chris Rogers (pictured with Sue), a patron of the charity since 2004, also announced that Sues work in protecting the endangered species across Asia had earned her recognition from the Queen with an MBE in the New Years Honours list.
Orangutans are among the rarest primates on earth - and mans closest cousins but they are being treated as pests and slaughtered on a daily basis for bush meat and to satisfy the pet trade, says Sue. Deforestation of their natural habitat is also forcing them into urban areas where they come into conflict with humans.
I am greatly honoured to receive the MBE but I hope that any publicity it may attract will give me the opportunity to raise awareness of the appeal and of these barbaric acts threatening yet another species with extinction.
Sue set up Orangutan Appeal UK in 2000 after volunteering at an orangutan centre during a holiday in Borneo.
- For more about the charity, visit www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk