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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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Displaced orangutans are being rescued nearly every day

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

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Orangutan News: Orangutan Found Tortured Prompts Indonesia Probe

Orangutan photo from OC archives; not associated with this story.


JAKARTA — Conservation authorities in Indonesia are investigating the death of an orangutan whose headless and apparently tortured body was found earlier this week in a river in central Borneo.

A villager in South Barito district, in the province of Central Kalimantan, discovered the bloated body of the male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) on Monday, according to Adib Gunawan, the head of the provincial wildlife conservation agency.

He said it appeared the body had been in the water for two days before being found.

Orangutans are ostensibly protected by law, but lax enforcement means few perpetrators ever face justice for killing or trading in these great apes. Under the wildlife conservation law, maximum prison sentences of five years and fines of up to 100 million rupiah ($7,000) can be imposed on anyone convicted of killing, trading, keeping or transporting protected species.

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

This sad news report reminds us how much more must be done to help protect this vulnerable species better in the future.

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Orangutans, Like People, Use Medicinal Plants To Treat Joint And Muscle Inflammation

Photo Credit: CC0 Public Domain


Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.

Borneo Nature Foundation scientists have been observing wild Bornean orangutans in the Sabangau Forest (Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo) since 2003 and have collected over 20,000 hours of observational data.

During this time the use of the Dracaena cantleyi plant for self-medication by orangutans has only been observed on seven occasions. But, the team were fortunate to capture this rare behaviour on camera.

In the video, a female orangutan, called ‘Indy’, can be seen chewing the leaves to produce a white soapy lather. This lather was then rubbed onto the upper left arm for approximately 7 minutes and the leaves were never swallowed.

Borneo Nature Foundation collaborated with an international team of scientists to analyse the properties of the plant.

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

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to help support the work of The Borneo Nature Foundation.


posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Dedicated SOCP Rescuers Help Save Orangutan With Surgery Team at OIC

The teams at SOCP and OIC performing surgery on Asha

Some great news to start the new year!  The teams at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) have once again combined their energies to save yet another orangutan – this one through a rescue effort and emergency surgery.

from One Green Planet

An orangutan named Asha was recently taken in by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in dire condition. She suffered from serious fractures and required urgent medical help to save her life. Luckily, the orangutan underwent bone surgery in Batu Mbelin, North Sumatra – and now, thanks to the intervention and the intensive care she received, she is beginning her healing process.

Asha’s injuries included a serious fracture on her right arm and on her left wrist.  Her surgery was a very long and challenging one – it took six hours and required a team of highly skilled professionals.

Fortunately, the operation was fully successful – and now, Asha and her caretakers are hoping for a full recovery!

Asha on the road to full recovery

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of One Green Planet and can be viewed in its entirety here.

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to be able to help support the work of SOCP and OIC.

posted by: Tom


Happy Holidays From The Orangutan Conservancy

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