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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 in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent and make their own tools.

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Orangutan News: Newborn Baby Orangutan Born in Aceh Forest

An orangutan named Mongki, carrying its newborn baby Mameh, hangs on a tree in Jantho, Aceh, on Nov. 7. photo courtesy: (SOCP/MUKHLISIN)

by Hotli Simanjuntak for the Jakarta Post

Rangers at the Jantho conservation forest in Aceh Besar, Aceh, were carrying out routine monitoring when they found a female orangutan named Mongki carrying a baby orangutan on Nov. 7.

The team believed it was Mongki’s baby. They have subsequently named the baby animal Mameh, which means “sweet” in the local language.

“Mameh is the second baby orangutan born in the Jantho reintroduction forest,” said Ian Singleton, the director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP), which manages the forest in collaboration with the Aceh Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

Mongki was released into the wild in Jantho in 2011.

Mongki had previously been spotted three times this year.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of the Jakarta Post and can be viewed in its entirety here.

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Orangutan Caring Week 2017: It’s Action Time

This week marks  the annual “Orangutan Caring Week” across the globe. 

While the Orangutan Conservancy focuses on these amazing primates 365 days a year, one special week is set aside to draw extra attention to the endangered great apes.  Throughout the week, dozens of orangutan organizations will be holding special events and creating unique awareness campaigns to share more about orangutans with people the world over. 

You can follow the proceedings online by using the #OrangutanCaringWeek on your social media pages of choice, and please take action yourself as this year’s theme is “Act Now to Preserve the Future.”   Challenge yourself to come up with one proactive approach this week to help orangutans, and let us know what your approach is and we’ll share it online with others who are doing their part as well.

The Orangutan Conservancy will be appearing at the Los Angeles Zoo on the 18th and 19th to discuss orangutans by the zoo’s impressive orangutan center and we hope you’ll stop by to say hello if you’re in the area.  If not, you can still join us right here for stories and on our Facebook page for daily fun facts about our forest friends. Let’s all do our part to spread the word about orangutans.  They’re counting on it.

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Orangutan News: Twelve Orphaned Bornean Orangutans Returned to the Wild

from the Jakarta Globe

Twelve orphaned Bornean orangutans – four males and eight females – are being reintroduced into the wild at Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Central Kalimantan’s Katingan district this week.

The move comes after the completion of a rehabilitation process at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in the province.

Two of the orphans, named Nanga and Sukarama, were part of a group of 48 orangutans that were smuggled to Thailand. They were placed in the foundation’s care following their repatriation in 2006.

There are currently 71 individuals in the park after the orphans were reintroduced, the foundation said.

BOSF chief executive Jamartin Sihite explained that the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutans is a long and complicated process.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of the Jakarta Globe and can be read in its entirety here.

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New York Times Story: Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade

photo (not from this article) from the OC archives. courtesy of CITES

The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media.

Daniel Stiles, a self-styled ape trafficking detective in Kenya, had been scouring Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp for weeks, looking for pictures of gorillas, chimps or orangutans. He was hoping to chip away at an illicit global trade that has captured or killed tens of thousands of apes and pushed some endangered species to the brink of extinction.

“The way they do business,” he said of ape traffickers, “makes the Mafia look like amateurs.”

After hundreds of searches, Mr. Stiles found an Instagram account offering dozens of rare animals for sale, including baby chimpanzees and orangutans dressed in children’s clothes. He sent an email to an address on the account — “looking for young otans” (the industry standard slang for orangutans) — and several days later received a reply.

“2 babies, 7.5k each. Special introductory price.”

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

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