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Jason DeGrauwe- Web/Graphic Designer



"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss 

The Bio of Jason DeGrauwe, Creator of Deforestation Education.   

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 

Since I don't have the funds to travel to Borneo or Sumatra to help orangutans in the front lines, I'm doing all I can from 12,000 miles away to help make a positive difference. 

I believe that Awareness is a KEY essential to help make a positive difference.

My Inspiration

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.  

(Amanda is 1 of 5 orangutans at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and is the one that inspired me to help!)
Above Amanda's exhibit was a sign that said "Endangered Animal" and that made me wonder why. I did a lot of research to find out that humans started all of their problems with Logging, Unsustainable Palm Oil Plantations, and the illegal pet trade. 

After conducting more research I realized that most people are unaware of the issues facing orangutans and their rainforest home. If most people are not aware of an issue happening, how is it going to resolve? 

After ALL the research and ALL the questions I finally figured out how I could help make a positive difference for these beautiful red apes...
I believe that Awareness is a KEY essential to help save these wonderful creatures and their rainforest home. 

Please join me and continue this mission by telling everyone you know about the problems affecting these beautiful red apes and their rainforest home.

Thank you so much for your support! 

(In the photo above is Subee and I... Subee is one of the California Sea Lions at
 Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

I’ve always dreamed of owning a Volkswagen Bus since I was 2 years old. I saved my money my whole childhood and bought Maggie when I was 16, with my mom. I was signing the title in my name and my mom took the title out of my hand and wrote her name as a co-owner and said “Now you can never sell it”. She has since past away and I look at the title with her name on it and smile. 

(In the photo above is of Amanda and I) 

Always remember...

"What you do makes a difference, but you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make"-Jane Goodall