Hello! My name is Jason DeGrauwe and I'm from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I've been an advocate for orangutan conservation/welfare since I was 15 years old. I created Deforestation Education in 2012 as an educational tool to help raise much needed awareness about the ever growing crisis of deforestation due to palm oil. In doing so, I hope to help save amazing wildlife and their rainforest home.
I'm a co-creator of World Orangutan Events, a non-partisan initiative that promotes orangutan conservation and welfare, as well as inter organization cooperation. It's overseen by The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Outreach, Orangutan Land Trust, and Orangutan Republic Foundation. I helped create International Orangutan Day, August 19th of every year. This day was created as a global celebration for orangutans and to raise much needed attention and awareness in the plight of orangutan survival. #OrangutanDay
Growing up I have always loved going to the zoo to see all the amazing animals. I was especially fond of the Orangutans and over time sitting and watching them I became friends with a female orangutan named Amanda.
(In the photo above is Subee and I... Subee is one of the California Sea Lions at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory)
Ever since I was a little kid I have always wanted a Volkswagen Bus so I could travel the world. Now that I own "Maggie" I plan on traveling to help raise awareness.
(In the photo above is of Amanda and I)
"What you do makes a difference, but you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make"-Jane Goodall