Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician, animal rights activist, environmentalist, former model and widow of the Indian politician, Sanjay Gandhi.
She has been a minister in four governments, and has authored a number of books in the areas of etymology, law and animal welfare.
An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 he delivered the Australia Day address.
In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year.
‘To think that one person actually followed up on that desire to make change and it worked. I say good on you…… ‘
Rove McManus about Free the Bears as seen on The 7pm Project
‘I have committed to help The Orangutan Project and the Silvery Gibbon Project because I have seen how they stretch every single dollar, keeping their eye on important priorities to protect habitats, species and local people. Having worked with a range of conservation organisations myself I recognize integrity among staff and financial accountability, and these guys deliver on both.’
Rebecca Tilbrook, organiser of ‘An Evening for the Animals’, a fundraising dinner planned for Perth on 27 October 2012.
The Orangutan Project has a program called ‘Safeguard’ and they fund the establishment of Wildlife Protection Units (WPU) who patrol the forests and deter illegal logging, land clearing and wildlife crime in Borneo and Sumatra. These WPU’s also provide much needed employment for the young men in the area whose only other choice of work is in Palm Oil plantations.
Daniel and William Clarke who have raised over $600,000 for orangutan conservation and, at the ages of just 15 and 13, have written their first book ‘Tears In The Jungle’ which is self-published.
I hope their adventures will move you as they have me, and I encourage you to join in their efforts to preserve some of the earth’s most magnificent creatures.
Dick Smith AO, Australian Adventurer, Explorer and Entrepreneur, foreword to ‘Tears In The Jungle’