Daniel and William Clarke share a passion to save the orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra. Their desire to help the orangutan happened after a series of events that helped shape Daniels decision to take a stand (read more about it here).
Daniel has cerebral palsy and is mostly confined to a wheelchair however this doesn’t stop him from doing what he believes is right.
So far the boys have raised over $917,500 to save the orangutan, sponsored 111,000 acres of orangutan habitat and and have been actively promoting the orangutan’s plight throughout the media.
Over time, Daniel and William have grown to understand the issues facing the orangutan regarding deforestation of their habitat due to illegal logging, establishment of palm oil plantations and the illegal pet trade.
In 2008 the Orangutan Project made Daniel their National Youth Ambassador and Daniel and William and in 2019 the NSW Department of Education wrote a Project Based Learning module around their books which has been a huge success and fundamental in their goal to inspire people to be more aware of their environment.
Tears In The Jungle: A Children’s Adventure to Save the Orangutan book has been created as an outcome of that amazing journey.
Their new book “Fight for Survival“ details their return to Borneo four years later to see where the funds they have raised have been invested and update everyone on the progress made for orangutan conservation.
While the boys have received significant media exposure in regards to their quest, some of their other achievements are;
- Presented at many schools (80,000+ students) regarding their trips to Borneo and the plight of the orangutan.
Met with the Duchess of Cambridge on their tour of Sydney Opera House and presented the Duchess with a copy of their book.
- Awarded the 2012 NSW Pride of Australia Medal (Environment Category), 2012 National Pride of Australia Medal (Environment Category) and the Pride of Australia Medal People’s Choice Award
- Recognised by US President Barack Obama for their conservation efforts in a personally signed letter
- The Australian Prime Minister, Hon. John Howard visited Daniel and William at their then home in Terrey Hills to pledge an additional $200k to The Orangutan Project to save the Orangutans.
- They received a personally signed letter from the Honorable John Howard pledging $500,000 towards the conservation of orangutans in Indonesia as a result of meeting Daniel.
- Organised a major fund raising event (Orang-a-thon) with their School in April 2008 and raised $5,500.
- At her request, met with Primatologist Jane Goodall on her Australian visit in October, 2008 and again in May, 2011
- Recognised by the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) for their conservation and fund raising efforts (Award presented by their regional director)