YATZ at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo’s popular YATZ program (Youth At The Zoo) asked if the boys were available to come and present their quest to save the orangutan to the group.  So Daniel and William went along to speak at their awards night at the new Taronga Centenary Theatre which is an amazing 180 degree indoor amphitheater.

The YATZ group is a group of like minded youth who have a passion for animals, wildlife and conservation and are supported in their interest by the Zoo.William said, “It was an amazing evening and great to meet so many other people like ourselves who share in the care of our environment”.  The YATZ team had so many questions for Dan and Will at the end of the evening and really were inspired for their persistence in saving the orangutan.

It was great to see the Zoo recognising the efforts of so many volunteers who contribute their time and effort towards educating and inspiring the visitors of the zoo.  We also felt inspired by all their passion.

Thank you to the Taronga Education team (Juliana and Kerry) who invited us along to the evening.

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Christmas wishes DO come true

Orangutan Christmas WishA special Christmas Wish, made by a student of Maraylya Public School came true today when she met her Eco Heroes, Daniel and William Clarke, Authors of Fight for Survival.

After receiving a touching email from Gabriella’s mother about how much Daniel and William’s quest to save the orangutan had made an impact on her daughter and her class, she mentioned how the first item on Gabriella’s Christmas Wish List was to one day meet Daniel and William.

With this information the boys contacted Gabriella’s school and, with the help of her teacher, Mrs Fiona Mackey, organised a surprise visit to her Year 2/3 students who have been using Daniel and William’s book as a learning resource for the past year.

The students were told the local paper was coming to do a story on their efforts to minimise the use of Palm Oil as a way of reducing the impact of deforestation of orangutan habitat and were not aware that, along with the local paper, Daniel and William were going to walk around the corner into their classroom to surprise them.

The children sat patiently waiting for the photographer to come in the room, instead, Daniel and William knocked on the classroom door and entered to gasps of amazement and surprise.  Initially the students had their mouths open in shock but gradually they realised that Daniel and William were standing in their classroom in front of them.

Orangutan Christmas WishThe boys were at the school for over 2 hours answering questions, taking photos and signing their latest copies of their book, Fight for Survival as well as their first book, Tears In the Jungle; A Children’s Adventure to Save the Orangutan.

The questions the children were asking were absolutely amazing and very well thought out.  William was taken by surprise when asked about the timezone difference between Indonesia and Sydney (4 hours).  A real credit to their teacher, Mrs Mackey, and the whole school community for providing the kids with such enquiring minds and well educated concepts.  Many of the families already have the POI App (Palm Oil Investigations) and are very conscious about only buying products either without palm oil or products which are made using sustainable palm oil.

Orangutan Christmas Wish


Thank you so much to all of the parents that came along today and provided morning tea (absolutely brilliant).  Fantastic brownies… I mean fantastic and the Cake… Ohh Wow !!  Daniel and William couldn’t believe it when they saw the cover of their latest book ON A CAKE !!!

We had a really wonderful time visiting your beautiful school.  Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday from all of us.


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Cambrai Middle Primary Swings in for Primates

Cambrai Middle PrimaryCambrai Middle Primary school, South Australia, held lemonade stands to help raise funds for the critically endangered orangutan.

Katherine deRavin, teacher at Cambrai Middle Primary school has been in contact with Daniel and William for quite a while and been an avid supporter of the boys efforts to help save the orangutan of Borneo and Sumatra.

Cambrai Middle PrimaryUsing the ‘Project Based Learning’ teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills  by working for an extended period of time investing and responding to a real life situation involving many curriculum areas, Ms deRavin encouraged the children to hold a lemonade stand to help save the critically endangered orangutan.

They costed out the lemons (so they didn’t make a loss – quite entrepreneurial) and ran the stand every Tuesday and analysed the results to make sure the children understood the basic mechanics of running a business in the real world – Great Education !!!

Cambrai Middle PrimaryNot only did the children love it but they raised $216.60 to help save the critically endangered orangutan.

Well done kids, you are AMAZING !!!

Daniel and William send their personal thanks in your efforts to help save the orangutan.

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Abbotsford Goes Ape for School Talk

Daniel and William about to present to Abbotsford Public School

The Librarian of Abbotsford Public School, Mrs Beth Hudson, invited Daniel and William  to speak about their quest to save the critically endangered orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra to all of the students.

After reading the boys latest book, Fight for Survival, the school has been learning about orangutans, palm oil and deforestation so the students were extremely excited to hear the boys school talk, first-hand, about their journey through the jungles of Borneo.

500 students filled the school hall and had so many great questions for Dan and Will after their presentation;

  • What was the biggest highlight of your trip to Borneo?
  • How long  have you been looking after the orangutans?
  • Do orangutans catch our diseases?
  • How old is the oldest orangutan?
  • How long did it take you to get into the jungle?
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After the presentation many students told the boys they were asking their families to adopt an orangutan for them as a Christmas presents instead of toys.

In thanking Daniel and William at the end of their presentation, Miss Chris Johnson, Principal of Abbotsford Public School, mentioned how impressed she was with her students that there was complete silence while Daniel and William were presenting.

As she thanked the boys for coming today, she said how their school talk was of ‘Exceptionally high interest”, to the students, and how their talk completely immersed and engaged them  saying it was, “spellbinding and riveting”.

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One student presented the boys with a beautiful drawing and story she had written as she was so inspired by their quest to save the orangutan.

Thank you Abbotsford Public School for having us and helping to save the orangutans from extinction.

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Both Orangutan Books for just $49.90

Click on the image to purchase orangutan booksOrder Daniel and William’s first best selling book “A Children’s Adventure to Save the Orangutan” as well as their latest book, “Fight for Survival” and get $5 off the regular price.

Don’t miss out on this inspiring story of two inspirational brothers on a quest to save the orangutan from extinction.  So far they have raised $845,000 and hope their latest book, ‘Fight for Survival’ will help them reach their $1m target.

Their latest book, ‘Fight for Survival’ also includes QR Codes bringing a new level of realism to readers allowing them to watch videos taken on the boys journey while in Borneo.  “We thought this would make the reading experience more engaging and allow readers to understand the issues facing the orangutan”, William said.

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$5 from every book sold goes to orangutan rescue, release, rehabilitation and protection programs in Borneo and Sumatra.

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Fight for Survival… NEW BOOK – PRE ORDER !!!

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The long awaited release of Daniel and William’s second book, Fight for Survival is now available for pre-order.  The boys are taking pre-orders up until the 31st October at the reduced rate of $5 per book (Hard Cover only).   Orders will be delivered by mail from the 1st November onwards.

Following on from their best selling book, “A Childrens Adventure to Save the Orangutan“, Fight for Survival follows Daniel and William in their return to the jungles of Borneo to visit the orangutan.  You will see how the funds raised have helped rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutans back into the wild.  You will see beautiful baby orangutans and watch them play in Jungle School and watch William climb to the top of a five story orangutan enclosure.

Fight for Survival also includes QR codes enabling you to watch videos of the boys as they  experienced their encounters making the book ‘come to life’.  (Smart phone or tablet required with internet connection).

Fight for Survival is truly a beautiful book that tells its own story, or, will compliment anyone who already has their first book.  It is all Australian made and will assist the boys in their goal to break the $1 million dollar mark of funds raised to save the orangutan.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to be the first to own a copy of…

Tears In The Jungle:  Fight for Survival


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Palm Oil Free Popcorn is a BLAST !!

Daniel and William received the following letter from Mrs Mackey, a teacher at Marayla Public School, NSW;

It’s official, Maraylya Public School absolutely loves the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ written by brothers Daniel and William Clarke. We are a rural school situated in the Hawkesbury district and are dedicated to stopping palm oil sourced unsustainably being used in our foods, which will help save the orangutans’ habitat in Indonesia.
Mrs Mackey and class 2/3 have been reading the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ as part of the English unit incorporating sustainability. The class was so inspired by this book that they wanted to do something to help Daniel and William save the orangutans.

Mrs Mackey and the children sourced popcorn with no palm oil in it and set about, through a project-based learning approach, putting together a presentation using a PowerPoint to present to the school P&C meeting to introduce this popcorn into our canteen. The children spoke passionately to the parents and also showed them Daniel and William’s video so they could help the parents understand the plight of the orangutans. The P&C that night unanimously voted to introduce the popcorn into the school canteen. The next day the popcorn was included on the school canteen menu and immediately sold out as the whole school got behind class 2/3’s initiative to help save the orangutans. Continue reading

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Conservation and Country Schools

After seeing a show on ABC Television about a small school at Jerrys Plains and how they have embraced a love of reading and books, Daniel and William thought it would be great to pay them a visit and talk to them about their quest to save the orangutan as well as donate some books for their book club. With only 42 kids at the school ranging from Years 1 to 6, the boys took the day off from their university studies to travel the 200km to present their quest to save the orangutan to the kids at Jerrys Plains Public School.

This beautiful little country school in NSW is 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley and was founded in 1879. It is currently undergoing heritage restorations and is absolutely beautiful.

William said, “The kids were fantastic and asked so many amazing questions”.   After their presentation Mrs Regina Stoltenberg, Principal at Jerrys Plains Public School was on hand to receive a thank you gift from the boys (a cuddly toy orangutan) which we understand is going to be the school mascot.

In presenting the school with their new mascot Mrs Stoltenberg said, “Thanks again for your generosity in providing our kids with this opportunity”.


…It was our pleasure !

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Mandatory Labelling of Palm Oil – Petition

Zoos Victoria Palm Oil PetitionFood manufacturers are still allowed to label palm oil as “vegetable oil” on their labels. This means YOU won’t realise you could be consuming food containing palm oil (labelled as vegetable oil) which is contributing to the deaths of over 1,000 orangutans a year as their habitat, and that of Sumatran Elephants and Tigers is destroyed through unsustainable palm oil production.

Later this year selected Australian Ministers will meet to decide whether Australia will once and for all label palm oil on food products.

Add your name to the growing list of over 30,000 Australians who support palm oil labelling.

This is our chance !! But we need YOUR HELP… (only two easy steps)

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Thank you for helping to change our world and make it a better place for humans and orangutans.

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Bob Irwin Tribute Night

Bob Irwin with Daniel and WilliamDaniel and William were kindly invited, and were honoured, to speak at the Bob Irwin Tribute night held at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday evening.  The night was organised by Amanda French, in collaboration with Judy Irwin (Bob’s wife), as well as members of the Bob Irwin Conservation Foundation, as a surprise evening that he thought was in honour of his son Steve Irwin.

Amanda has just completed writing Bob’s autobiography called ‘The Last Crocodile Hunter – A father and son legacy”, which is due to be released on the 25th October so she was well equipped with names and contacts to organise such an event for Bob without him knowing.

Daniel and William presenting to Bob IrwinIt was an amazing evening of speeches and presentations by many people from Bob’s past. Included in the guest list were people from his original crocodile hunting team, Crocodile Hunter production team, Australia Zoo staff, close friends and family.

Daniel and William were asked to present their orangutan journey as an example of how the younger generation, inspired by Steve, are continuing Bob and Steve’s undying passion for conservation.

There were many stories shared on the night.  There was a lot of laughter and a few tears, but mostly inspiration.  Daniel and Wi

Another young Australian that spoke on the night was passionate 14 year old Jack Jenkins who has put together a YouTube Channel called Zoo To You which is filled with many incredible reptile and conservation facts and experiences that Jack brings to audiences all over the world.

Thank you Bob, you are the grandfather of conservation in all of our eyes.  You continue to inspire us.

Daniel and William

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