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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.

9th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Begins

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


OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Day One Update

Team-building exercise starts the action on day one of the OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop

By Raffaella Commitante

Well, the OC/OVAG Workshop has finally begun! Ricko Jayo once again is our most excellent MC.

The Dean of Academic Affairs for The Vet Faculty at UGM, Dr. Agung Budianto, came to officially open the meeting and gave a very inspirational speech.

“Individual orangutans display unique characteristics, and learning more about them is important. It is important work that vets do. We are on the orangutan’s side. We need to increase the participation of not only the forestry department, but a wider reach. OVAG has taken many positive steps toward increasing skills and collaboration, and thank you to the OVAG committee for all the structure that creates such a workshop”.

After his speech and the welcome from Steve Unwin and myself, we headed outside for the ice breaker: working together to lower a straw tube to the ground.

Learning tourniquet and wound packing procedures from a military trauma doctor Chris Cousar

The OVAG Committee having a pre-workshop strategy meeting

posted by: Tom


9th Annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Kicks Off Next Week

It’s only a week away and the OC team is already on site preparing for the 9th annual Veterinary Workshop in Indonesia. Stay tuned all next week for updates from the multi-day event being held in Jogjakarta. You’ll hear the latest news from the Orangutan Conservancy organizers and maybe even from some of the vets in attendance.

In fact, here’s a pre-workshop update that just came in from Raffaella Commitante who runs the workshop.

Learn more about the Orangutan Conservancy’s Veterinary Workshop here.

posted by: Tom


OC Awarded Grant from Los Angeles Zoo to Support CIMTROP Work at BNF/OuTrop in Borneo

Photo by Bernat Ripoll-Capilla Borneo Nature Foundation

The Orangutan Conservancy was recently notified by the Los Angeles Zoo that we are the recipient of a substantial grant to help us continue our support of the work being accomplished at the Borneo Nature Foundation’s Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) in Central Kalimantan.

The forthcoming grant will be utilized for the indefatigable work of the local Sabangau Community Patrol Team (CIMTROP) at OuTrop on an initiative titled “Community Conservation To Protect Critical Orangutan Habitat in Sabangau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.”

Despite its protected status, Sabangau is at serious risk from a number of threats. The area was logged extensively. Illegal loggers dug purpose-built canals to extract the timber, which has resulted in peatland drainage, putting the whole ecosystem at risk from peat degradation and, more immediately, from forest fires. Working with the Community Patrol Team, BNF/OuTrop are restoring the natural hydrology of Sabangau’s peat-swamp through building dams to block the man-made canals, which is an ongoing, long-term project. However, the conditions for forest fires still remain high, therefore fire-fighting efforts are urgently needed on the ground to prevent further orangutan habitat loss.

Forest patrols will be carried out on a minimum of 18 days per month to protect against illegal activities in the Sabangau Forest, including cutting of trees, starting fires, hunting wildlife protected by Indonesian law, breaking dams and illegal fishing using poison or electric methods. Upon detection of illegal activities being conducted in the area, the Community Patrol Team will first explain that their activities are illegal and provide a warning and any relevant advice. If the person is found to be repeating the same activity again, then the Community Patrol Team will report this to the police for prosecution. Forest patrols are conducted more frequently in the wet season, as this is when illegal logging occurs (high water levels are needed to float logs out of canals and to the rivers).

The Orangutan Conservancy salutes our partners at BNF/OuTrop and all of the CIMTROP members as they continue their protection of this vulnerable area that is home to the largest remaining wild orangutan population.

OC and BNF/OuTrop are thankful for the recognition of the continuing work by CIMTROP and thank everyone at the Los Angeles Zoo for your endorsement of this very important conservation project.

posted by: Tom


Orangutan Conservancy Featured in Wildlife Conservation Projects Around the World Article

orangutan photo courtesy of ROL Cruise

The Orangutan Conservancy was pleased to be featured in a recent article in ROL Cruise Line’s digital magazine in a piece titled “Wildlife Projects Around the World”. The article highlights several conservation groups across the globe and the many animals that each works to protect and increase awareness to.

We were happy to help out in the section about our favorite primate – the amazing orangutan.

You can read the entire article here.

posted by: Tom