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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 Approaches in July

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 Information Centre Releases Annual HOCRU Report

Baby orangutan confiscated from military member in Simpang Jernih, East Aceh on July
2016 photo courtesy of The Orangutan Information Centre

The Orangutan Information Centre, located in Sumatra, and one of the projects that the Orangutan Conservancy helps to support in 2017 has recently released their annual report.

This project supports the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan through rescue, education, and the implementation of best practice techniques for mitigating human orangutan conflict (HOC) in agricultural landscapes adjacent to the Leuser Ecosystem. The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) team responds to human orangutan conflict reports, as well as reports of illegally held captive orangutans, and conducts regular field monitoring of translocated and known isolated populations of orangutans. The unit conducts data collection and mapping of forest-adjacent villages to gain understanding of crop raiding species, and host regular training and workshops on human-wildlife conflict mitigation methods, as well as distributing educational materials.

In the report HOCRU states, “In the April 2016 – March 2017 project period, we have rescued 24 orangutans: 9 females and 15 males, with 13 evacuated from farmlands and 11 confiscated from the illegal pet trade.”

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to help support the great team at HOCRU. Please join us today so that we can continue to be there for important orangutan projects like the Orangutan Information Centre.

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Seven Orangutans Submitted to Central Kalimantan Conservation Agency This Year

A baby orangutan in Kalimantan forest. (Shutterstock)

from The Jakarta Post

The Central Kalimantan Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has so far this year welcomed seven orangutans into its care that were submitted by local residents, noting an increase in public awareness about wildlife protection.

“We are grateful and thankful for the public’s increasing awareness and participation in saving wildlife, especially protected species.” BKSDA Sampit watch post commander Muriansyah said in Sampit on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

He further called on the public to contact the agency about any concerns about the handover or protection of wildlife.

BKSDA Sampit last week took into custody a six-year-old male orangutan that was handed in by Taufik, a resident in the Kotabesi sub-district.

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

posted by: Tom


Orangutan Conservancy News: Details About 2017 OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Announced

by Raffaella Commitante for the Orangutan Conservancy

It soon will be time again for our annual Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG) Workshop for 2017!  This year we expect it to be our biggest workshop ever.

Joining the regular group of participants will be managers from nearly every orangutan rehabilitation center in both Indonesia and Malaysia.  Zoo vets from America, England, Switzerland, Japan and Singapore will be coming as well. Supporting us in our efforts to put together an effective, worthwhile event are:  the Orangutan Conservancy, Chester Zoo, The Orangutan Project, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Abaxis and Arcus Foundation.

The OC/OVAG workshop will be held with our longtime collaborator, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Jogjakarta.  It will run from July 23 to July 28.  Preceding the workshop will be a series of lectures held at the University for both students and staff of their veterinary department.  Invited to lecture are OVAG’s Steve Unwin and Raffaella Comitante.

Stay tuned for further information once the workshop has started.

posted by: Tom


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.

posted by: Tom