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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.

10th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Announced

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 2018

Film: Toward Tomorrow with the Orangutan Conservancy


Travel Updates from Our President!

Hello OC friends,

Well, it seems hard to believe but it is that time of the year again! Time for our annual Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG) workshop.  This will be our 10thworkshop!!! It will be held in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia from July 22ndto July 26th.  I am already on my way!! Below is a Beijing sunset…. Just beautiful….

Onto Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo…the photos below are from Bako National Park….leaf monkeys, proboscis, macaques, wild pigs and beautiful scenery with Kim McConkey (seed dispersal), Alicia (Elephant Project, Peninsula Malaysia) and me!…

More soon!!!!!!!!!!!!


posted by: Erin Murphy


Hundreds Arrested in Global Wildlife Trafficking Sting Operations

They broke the law of the jungle.

Interpol’s Operation Thunderstorm seized millions of dollars worth of illicit animal products across 92 nations, including 8 tons of pangolin scales, 20 tons of eel meat and 1.3 tons of elephant ivory. Some 1,400 suspects were identified and hundreds arrested. During the month-long sting, tens of thousands of live animals were also rescued, including 14 big cats and 48 primates. Wildlife crime, often using the same routes as drug smuggling and human trafficking, is estimated to be worth $150 billion annually. Click here for the whole story.


posted by: Erin Murphy


OC Flash!

Our president Raffaella Commitante will be starting OC Flash where she will send out OC updates! Sign up for our newsletter here to stay up to date! Heres a look at our July OC Flash!

Hello friends and supporters of The Orangutan Conservancy!!!!

Welcome to OC Flash ….a new format to send you updates about what we are doing and what is happening in the Orangutan World

∗This coming summer, the Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG) will hold its 10thAnniversary workshop!!!! The workshop will be held in Banda Ache, Sumatra, Indonesia and will be our largest workshop ever featuring participants from not only orangutan organizations and researchers but also from gibbon, elephant, rhino, tiger and other primate groups.  We want to be able to share our successful formula in bringing people together to make conservation happen!

Also, be sure to check our website and social media accounts as our president, Dr. Raffaella Commitante will be off soon on her travels to Indonesia to join the OVAG workshop (which she started) as she will be sending in short reports from the field!

∗The long-awaited Orangutan Haven, built as an island sanctuary for unreleaseable orangutans by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) will soon be ready to receive orangutans. Rafaella will be going to visit the SOCP sanctuary after the 2018 OVAG Workshop. The photo below is of the bridge being constructed!

*Meetings are currently being held (which OVAG is being included in) to reassess the Indonesian government’s mandate to release all orangutans currently in centers – which was to release all by 2017 – a truly unreasonable time frame.   We hope to be able to affect a better government understanding of orangutan release issues.

*Borneo nature Foundation has been able to purchase tricycles to help with fire fighting with the help and support of friends like you!!!!

*Also, check out our new Orangutan bracelet made specifically for us (I have one and I love it!!!!). Click here to purchase the bracelet. We also have new Orangutan Conservancy reusable shopping bags as a gift for our donors. Click here to check it out!

Thank you all for your incredible support and monetary assistance for helping us make a difference!!!!!!  Please be sure to continue to check our Website, Facebook and Twitter feeds

Orangutan Conservancy / P.O. Box 513 / 5001 Wilshire Blvd. / #112, Los Angeles, CA / 90036 / USA / / [email protected]

posted by: Erin Murphy


New Bags are Finally Here!

Our reusable bags are finally here! Donations of $75 or more will receive a bag!

posted by: Erin Murphy