Spanish Soccer Star Kicks Off Orangutan Campaign

Spanish soccer star Carles Puyol, who captains FC Barcelona and led Spain to the World Cup title one year ago, is now tackling an even bigger challenge – saving orangutans.

Puyol is featured in “Act Now for Orangutans,” a new campaign from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) that seeks to halt the orangutan’s dramatic slide towards extinction. Less than 66,000 wild orangutans are thought to remain in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, and more than half of that population has been lost since 1950.

Puyol is the centrepiece of dramatic posters that state, “I Care – Do You?” and asks supporters to visit a website ( that provides information regarding orangutan conservation, re-forestation, and the palm oil crisis.