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It's estimated that 2,000-3,000 orangutans are lost every year

Orangutans spend most of their time in trees.

“Orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (person) and "hutan" (of the forest).

Orangutans exist only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent and make their own tools.

8th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop held in Malaysia

Displaced orangutans are being rescued nearly every day

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

Orangutan rescue centers are at near full capacity in 2017

Film: Toward Tomorrow with the Orangutan Conservancy


Orangutan News: Orangutans Nurse For a Record-Breaking Amount of Time

Photograph by Erin Vogel

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen for National Geographic

The world’s largest tree climbers, orangutans now have another superlative to their name: They nurse their young longer than any other primate, a new study says.

Surprising new research has revealed that the colorful great apes suckle for up to eight years, and in some cases longer.

Little is known about when the shaggy great apes wean in the wild, in part because they’re so challenging to study—they spend most of their time aloft and out of sight. But knowing when juveniles strike out on their own is important for conservationists working to save them.

For the new research, Tanya Smith and colleagues developed a creative method for tracking how long orangutans nurse: Analyzing the levels of barium, a trace element, in young orangutans’ teeth. Because barium absorbs into young orangutans’ skeletons from their mother’s milk, it can reveal how long an orangutan had been nursing.

“This paper represents an exciting new method of determining weaning age from the teeth of wild primates,” says biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott, director of the Gunung Palang Orangutan Project in Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of National Geographic and can be read in its entirety here.

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The Orangutan Conservancy at Spring Events

The Orangutan Conservancy recently had the opportunity to spread the word about orangutans and their rainforest homes at two wonderful events in Southern California. 

First stop for our team was at the annual Earth Day Fair in Whittier and then a couple of weeks later OC trekked south to Orange County to be part of Imaginology 2017 in Costa Mesa.  Thank you to all who stopped by our tables to say hello and to learn more about amazing orangutans. 

Here are some video highlights from the events.

Public awareness events are an ongoing part of the work we do here in America to help promote the plight of our orangutan friends in Asia.

If you’d like to help us to continue our mission please make a donation today.

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Environmental News: Kraft Heinz Pledges $200 Million Investment in Environmental Management

In this photo not connected to story below a large oil palm plantation dominates the landscape. image courtesy of World Land Trust

Kraft Heinz  this week set new corporate social responsibility targets  that include improving environmental management and creating a more sustainable supply chain. The company also said it will publish its first CSR report this year.

“We’re planning to invest $200 million in ‘Growing a Better World’ through our global CSR initiatives,” Julio Quintana-Castillo, senior manager of sustainability programs at Kraft Heinz told Environmental Leader.

Kraft Heinz says the new CSR goals support the company’s vision “To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World,” and will initially focus on three areas: global hunger and malnutrition, supply chain sustainability and the environment.

Kraft Heinz said it will set responsible farm-to-market ingredient and material-sourcing policies and practices as it works to improve supply chain sustainability. Its new policy commits the company to procuring palm oil products in an ethical, transparent and sustainable manner, and only purchasing palm oil and derivatives 100 percent certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

The company says it is also actively working with its global suppliers to achieve palm oil traceability, prohibit the use of child and forced labor and protect existing forests and habitats.

This excerpt from an article appeared in and is courtesy of Environmental Leader and can be read in its entirety here.

The Orangutan Conservancy hopes this forward thinking approach by Kraft Heinz is implemented quickly and becomes a model that many other large corporations adopt as well.

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Conservation Perspective: A Refuge for Orangutans, and a Quandary for Environmentalists

Orangutans that had lived at a rescue shelter were recently set free on Salat Island in Indonesia. Credit Ulet Ifansasti for The New York Times

by Jon Emont for the New York Times

SALAT ISLAND, Indonesia — In the lush rain forests of central Borneo, a group of young orangutans, endangered refugees from human development, swung from branch to branch.

One, named Lykke, who had been found stranded on a palm oil plantation when she was just a month old, snagged a pineapple left by her handlers and scampered up a tree, where she began tearing into the ripe fruit.

She was one of 13 adolescent orangutans recently transported to an unspoiled, 5,200-acre tract of Salat Island, acquired last year by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1991. When they reached the sanctuary, the auburn-maned apes clambered out of the cages they had arrived in and climbed up to freedom.

The release of the orangutans this month was the second installment in what may ultimately be the relocation of hundreds of orangutans currently housed in cages in a nearby rescue shelter.

This excerpt from an article appeared in and is courtesy of the New York Times and can be viewed in its entirety here.

posted by: Tom