Together We Can Save Them

It's estimated that there may be only 45,000 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).

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.

8th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop just held in Malaysia

Orangutan Caring Week November 13-19

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

Orangutan rescue centers are at near full capacity in 2016

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Orangutan News: Orangutan Handed Over to W. Kalimantan Conservation Agency

photo courtesy of BKSDA West Kalimantan/File

photo courtesy of BKSDA West Kalimantan/File

by Severianus Endi The Jakarta Post

A resident of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, voluntarily handed over a Kalimantan orangutan to the Natural Resources and Conservation Agency (BKSDA), the agency’s official has said.

BKSDA West Kalimantan head Sustyo Iriono said the local resident, M. Djafrie DA, reportedly found the orangutan in a hut belonging to an owner of a field in Landak regency in February, and raised it before he handed the rare species, which is endemic to Kalimantan Island, to his agency on Tuesday.

The female primate was in healthy condition and is predicted to be nine-months-old, he went on.

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

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Conservation News: Indonesian Environment Ministry Shoots Down Mount Leuser Geothermal Plan

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives

by Fidelis E. Satriastanti for Mongabay

The Indonesian environment ministry has denied the Aceh provincial government’s proposal to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, reacting to opposition from conservationists who argued the project would threaten key orangutan and rhino populations.

The ministry’s director for protected areas told Mongabay that the ministry had rejected a letter from Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah asking that a section of the park’s “core zone” be changed to a “utilization zone” so that a Turkish company, Hitay Holdings, could develop geothermal there.

“The minister received the letter but from socialization and [public] consultation, the result was disagreement with the rezoning, so that’s that. [The plan] stops there,” Tachrir Fathoni told Mongabay last week on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu.

“We would support geothermal to be outside conservation areas. This should be the priority,” Fathoni said, adding that the government needed to find ways to harmonize national interests with conservation efforts.

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

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Conservation Perspective: An Ambitious Plan to Save These Great Apes

Young oraguntan in Borneo, Indonesia. Photo © Studio in the Wild

Young oraguntan in Borneo, Indonesia. Photo © Studio in the Wild

By Matt Miller for Cool Green Science

August 19 was World Orangutan Day, a day to bring attention and awareness to the plight of these great apes. And make no mistake: these animals need all the attention we can give. Faced with deforestation, poaching, the illegal pet trade and forest fires, orangutan populations have reached a critical point.

In fact, in July the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed the status of Bornean orangutans from “endangered” to “critically endangered.” Since 1960, their populations have declined by 50 percent. According to Scientific American, scientists project their populations will fall another 22 percent by 2025.

Bornean orangutans are semi-solitary, eating mainly fruit: they’re the world’s largest seed dispersers. They cover large areas as they forage for food, an additional risk in fragmented habitat. They spend most of their time in trees. That’s where they thrive. But when the habitat changes, the orangutans are forced to the ground.

More time on the ground means they’re more visible and less mobile, making them easier prey for hunters.

All this, admittedly, adds up to a bleak picture for Bornean orangutans.

But conservationists don’t wallow in despair. They see this crisis as a call to action, as a way to improve forest management and work collaboratively for a better future for orangutans.

This edited section from a much larger article appeared in and is courtesy of Cool Green Science and can be read in its entirety here.

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Conservation Perspective: Sarawak Sets Out To Protect Orangutans Better at Last

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Photo Credit: Pixabay

from Clean Malaysia

Sarawak is moving ahead with plans to better protect the state’s forests and wildlife. Good news? Definitely.

Step 1: Come January next year, the Borneo state will have its own Department of National Parks and Wildlife. The new department’s tasks will include conserving local wildlife and rolling back illegal hunting, wildlife trafficking and bush meat selling. The department, says Sapuan Ahamad, director of Sarawak’s Forestry Department “will in particular look after orangutans and the growing threat to humans from crocodiles threatened by food shortage and increasingly polluted rivers.”

Step 2: By 2020, the state will create several new totally protected areas (TPAs), totaling 1.3 million hectares. “We are in the process of creating another 31 new TPAs with a combined area of 451,819 hectares and the new department can play its part here,” Sapuan said. That the department should definitely do.

“We have since July 2016 gazetted a total area of 903,769 hectares comprising 43 national parks (694,770 hectares), 14 natural reserves (2,539 hectares) and six wildlife sanctuaries (206,460 hectares),” the director explained. At the moment there are 30 National Parks, four Wildlife Sanctuaries and 10 nature reserves in Sarawak covering 602,035.8 hectares on land. The newly protected areas have already come to encompass all of Sarawak’s orangutan habitats, providing better protection to resident primates: Batang Ai National Park, Ulu Sebuyau National Park, Sedilu National Park, and the Lanjak Entimau Wild Life Sanctuary.

This excerpt from an online article appeared in and is courtesy of Clean Malaysia and can be read in its entirety here.

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