Half of the wild orangutan population has been lost since 1950.

There are only 40,000 orangutans left in the wild

Orangutans spend most of their time in trees.

“Orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (person) and "hutan" (of the forest).

There are less than 40,000 orangutans left in the wild

Orangutans exist only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Sumatran orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent, and have been observed to make tools.

6th annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop coming in Two Weeks

Experts predict that orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

Orangutans spend most of their time in trees.

Sumatran orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Conservation News: Primate Scientists Stress Urgency For Sumatran Orangutans Amid New Genetic Findings

Photo (c) Tim Laman/National Geographic.

Photo (c) Tim Laman/National Geographic.

posted by Tom for the Orangutan Conservancy

Over 900 primate scientists and conservationists from around the world gathered recently in Hanoi for the 25th biannual congress of the International Primatological Society (IPS). Numerous topics were raised and discussed pertaining to the conservation of the world’s primates in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Indonesia was noted as a particularly important country in terms of its primates having 59 species and 77 types of primate, species and subspecies , with 35 species found nowhere else in the world. Concern was expressed due to the fact that 53 (68.8%) of Indonesia’s primate taxa are currently threatened with extinction, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Particular concern was expressed regarding the plight of the Sumatran orangutan, a separate and distinct species from its relative the Bornean orangutan. Due to a recent dramatic increase in the level of threat to Sumatra’s globally renowned Leuser Ecosystem, where around 85% of all remaining wild Sumatran orangutans are found, a motion was approved to place the Sumatran orangutan on the list of the World’s Top 25 Most Endangered Primates. The species’ survival is intrinsically linked to the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem, a National Strategic Area for its Environmental Function under Indonesian National Law No 26/2007 and Government regulation No 26/2008. Its protection is also mandated in Aceh Governance Law no 11/2006, which specifically states that no level of government is able to grant permits within the Leuser Ecosystem that damage its important environmental function. Nevertheless, a recent highly controversial new spatial planning law passed by the government of Aceh province completely ignores the Leuser Ecosystem’s existence, while a new Aceh Governor’s regulation signed on February 12th 2014 specifically outlines the procedures for obtaining concession permits within its boundaries.

“We are extremely concerned about this situation” stated Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, “with these new developments it seems crystal clear that the Aceh Government deliberately intends to open up and destroy huge tracts of the Leuser Ecosystem. This will be disastrous for Sumatra’s orangutans and also Sumatra’s other iconic megafauna, the Sumatran rhino, elephant, and tiger.”
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Orangutan News: Experts Plead for Australian Food Manufacturers to Reject Palm Oil

A critically endangered orangutan in the Jambi rainforest in Sumatra. Photograph: Karen Michelmore/AAP

A critically endangered orangutan in the Jambi rainforest in Sumatra. Photograph: Karen Michelmore/AAP

by for The Guardian

One of the world’s leading orangutan experts has called on Australian food manufacturers to speed up efforts to ditch unsustainable palm oil, warning that the situation “has never been so desperate” for the threatened primates.

Dr Ian Singleton, head of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said the apes, with the Sumatran elephant, rhino and tiger, were facing a “major extinction event” due to plans to open up a critical reserve for logging and construction.

The vast Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra is the only place on Earth where orangutans, elephants, rhinos and tigers co-exist.

Despite this, the regional Aceh government has approved a plan to allow roads, palm oil plantations, logging and mining in the ecosystem. Construction work has started, despite objections put forward by the central Indonesian government.

Singleton warned the situation was “dire” for the threatened species, warning that the development plan would completely wipe out the Sumatran rhino, and leave just a few hundred orangutans.

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

posted by: Tom

 

OC Joins the World in International Orangutan Day 2014

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The Orangutan Conservancy  joins forces today with our fellow orangutan advocates around the globe for International Orangutan Day, also known as World Orangutan Day. 
Let’s take this International Orangutan Day spirit and build on it throughout the year!  Together we can be a powerful force for change for orangutans and their rainforest homes.  It’s International Orangutan Day so join us today  by posting on FB and Twitter and remember to tell your friends and family to get involved too to spread the message for orangutans.
There are many things you can do to help orangutans this year - create awareness campaigns, sign petitions, avoid unsustainable palm oil,  hold a local fundraiser, make a donation to your favorite orangutan group, virtually adopt an orangutan, and tell anyone who will listen to learn more about the plight facing orangutans right now.  This is a critical time for us all to take the International Orangutan Day energy and use it as a global springboard to make a bigger difference in the year ahead.
This sand creation was made by Courtney on International Orangutan Day 2014

This sand creation was made by Courtney on International Orangutan Day 2014

 

posted by: Tom

 

OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Video

Enjoy this video of some amazing orangutans and the equally inspiring people that care for them in this short video compilation from OC/OVAG.  Then read more about our annual workshop and other projects that we help to support at the Orangutan Conservancy here.

posted by: Tom