UWS student’s fight to save orang-utans

April 5, 2011 rnadmin 0

DURAL resident Ben Dessen got his first pet snake when he was six, an act that sparked a passion for animals and conservation.

That devotion has seen him raise $20,000 for wildlife conservation, work for Sydney Wildlife and win a $50,000 scholarship to study natural science with the University of Western Sydney.

In 2008, he went to Borneo to see first hand how palm oil deforestation is killing native orang-utans and possibly leading to the ape’s extinction.

“I witnessed how the way of life of developed countries has fuelled the deforestation in Borneo,” Dessen, 19, said.

“As a result, we …