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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.

9th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Wraps Up

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

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Orangutan-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

No one keeps better tabs on the companies that are and are not practicing sustainability in their food production processes than the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  Their online shopping app is a handy tool for taking to the supermarket as you choose from the thousands of items for sale.  And now for Halloween, CMZ has just put out their Orangutan-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide.  Look it over and make smart choices this spooky season that are not only tasty but also better* for the future of orangutans and their rainforest home.


*The Orangutan Conservancy recognizes that 100% verification of where and how palm oil comes from is still a difficult task in 2017, and we hope better and more accountable verification methods happen soon.  For now, consumers are often left to some companies’ good will statements of being sustainable – maybe even a few on the list above.  As an informed consumer, make sure you do your own research, and remind the companies that make the products that you use that you expect them to be fully sustainable. 

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Environmental News: How Sumatra’s Rainforest is Being Cleared for Palm Oil

Critically endangered Sumatran orangutans in the Leuser ecosystem. Photograph: Paul Hilton

from The Guardian

A palm oil company is continuing to clear forest in a fast-diminishing elephant (and orangutan) habitat in Indonesia’s Leuser ecosystem despite being the subject of two reports into illegal deforestation, according to a prominent environmental organization.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) published a study in July accusing plantation owner PT Agra Bumi Niaga (ABN) of growing oil palms on illegally deforested land in the Leuser ecosystem, in Aceh province, northern Sumatra.

This was the second time in six months that the company had been accused by RAN of clearing rainforests in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. The NGO stepped up its focus on ABN’s nearly 2,000 hectare (4,942 acres) concession, which sits within the Leuser ecosystem, after the Aceh government banned forest clearance for palm oil plantations in the area in June 2016.

Since the Guardian reported on the investigation, the remaining forest in ABN’s nearly 2,000 hectare concession has been reduced from 420 hectares to just 54 hectares.

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

Copy edit by the Orangutan Conservancy.

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Orangutan Conservancy’s From the Forest


Dr. Mark Harrison of BNF/OuTrop is one of the researchers featured in From the Forest

From the Forest is a series of enlightening essays written by some of the world’s top primatologists and conservationists. 

Many of the authors head up conservation projects that we currently support and other initiatives that the Orangutan Conservancy has aided in the past. 

These first-person articles profile conservation work that is benefiting orangutans and their rainforest home. 

We invite you to look at From the Forest to hear from Dr. Ian Singleton about his orangutan work, from Dr. Serge Wich and Dr. Lian Pin Koh explaining their groundbreaking use of drones in Sumatra, from Dr. Anne Russon about her ranging research in Borneo focused on the Morio subspecies of orangutans, from Mark Harrison about conservation studies being accomplished in Sabangau, and from many other inspiring researchers across Indonesia whose work is helping to ensure that the remaining wild orangutans have a chance for future survival.

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Orangutan News: First Wild Infant Born at Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Jantho, Aceh

Little Masen with his mom Marconi in the forest of Jantho

While on a routine patrol in the Jantho Nature Reserve, in Aceh, Indonesia, a team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and BKSDA Aceh were delighted to find an adult female orangutan named Marconi, carrying a newly born infant. This infant male, named Masen, is the very first to be born to an entirely new wild population of orangutans being established in Jantho by the SOCP. The SOCP first began releasing confiscated former illegal pet orangutans in Jantho in 2011 and to date has reintroduced 100 orangutans into Jantho’s forests. The mother, Marconi, was confiscated by the SOCP and BKSDA Aceh in December 2009.

“This is fantastic news” proclaimed Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. “We’ve been working hard in Jantho to start building a brand new wild population of the species in the forests there. The goal is to create an entirely new, self-sustaining wild population of this Critically Endangered species.” Mukhlisin, manager of the Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Jantho added “After several years of hard work, by the whole team in Jantho, we are finally seeing the results. This new infant is just the start of what will eventually be a new population of orangutans that have never experienced captivity or contact with humans. He gives all of us new hope that we really can prevent the extinction of these amazing creatures.”

Only around 14,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild and the species is listed as Critically Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in their Red List of Threatened Species.

The Orangutan Conservancy are longtime supporters of SOCP.  See story below about their work at the under-construction Orangutan Haven, and please help us to continue providing funding to this and other important conservation programs by visiting our donate now page.

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