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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.

Orangutan rescue centers are at near full capacity in 2017

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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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The Orangutan Conservancy Announces Added Support For SOCP and Orangutan Haven

The islands at Orangutan Haven begin to take shape. Surrounded by waterways, there will be 1o islands of various sizes that will be semi-wild homes for rescued orangutans that are too ill or injured to be released into the wild.

The Orangutan Conservancy had the pleasure of spending time last week with Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme founder Dr. Ian Singleton here in Los Angeles as he was visiting the west coast of America.  Reaffirming our commitment to Singleton and the fine work he and his team continue to accomplish in Sumatra for orangutan conservation, OC notified the primatologist that we would be presenting SOCP with two fall donations – one for the critical work being done at SOCP’s rescue and rehabilitation center  near Medan and the other for the rapid progress being made toward the completion of Orangutan Haven – the future islands home for ill and injured orangutans that could not survive in the wild.

As long-time supporters of SOCP, we have not only visited the organization’s headquarters but had the opportunity to see Orangutan Haven at about the time that they broke ground on the much-needed initiative (see our video above) two years ago.  As seen in these just-released pictures, the progress is inspiring. The refuge is coming together at a faster pace and with hopes to have their first resident orangutan sometime in 2018.  The amount of work to be done before that happens, however, is enormous, and we hope our supporters will continue to help bring this long-term sanctuary to fruition.

Leuser, who was blinded after being shot 62 times with an air rifle, will soon become one of the first residents of the SOCP Orangutan Haven

Along with the nearly 100-acre Haven, the nearby SOCP rescue and rehabilitation center has expanded to take in even more rescued orangutans – most of them illegal pets or victims of the palm oil trade.  To date, SOCP has received more than 350 orangutans since 2001 and has rehabilitated and reintroduced 270 of them back into the wild.

A bamboo bridge under construction at Orangutan Haven will carry visitors and students to an area where they’ll be able to see and learn about orangutans on their new island homes.

OC looks forward to being there for SOCP in whatever ways we can in the future as they continue work in all areas of orangutan conservation: including rescue, quarantine and reintroduction of orangutans, surveying and monitoring remaining wild populations, habitat conservation, research in behavioral ecology of wild orangutans and conservation education and awareness.

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Orangutan News: Indonesian Government Study Says 80% of Bornean Orangutans Live Outside Protected Areas

A Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.


by Hans Nicholas Jong for Mongabay

Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government.

The study, called the 2016 Orangutan Population and Habitat Viability Assessment, was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Released last month, it is the third of its kind, with the last one done in 2004.

The study confirms that orangutan populations have plummeted as their forest habitats continue to be flattened by the expansion of industry. So too has an illegal pet trade taken its toll on remaining populations.

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

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Orangutan News: Glimmer of Hope for the Orangutan as Palm Oil Company Bows to Peat Forest Pressure


From Greenpeace International
For the first time ever, a palm oil company has been forced to restore rainforest and peatland in order to continue supplying the global market.

Under pressure from customers and civil society, Malaysian palm oil company FGV has promised to restore over 1,000 hectares of the peat forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

FGV is a subsidiary of FELDA, the world’s largest palm oil grower.

Bagus Kusuma, Forest campaigner with Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said it was a sign that corporate ‘no deforestation’ policies were finally starting to bite.

“It sends a serious warning that other destructive palm oil companies should heed: deforestation has consequences,” Kusuma said.

The good news couldn’t come at a better time for Indonesia’s forests and its inhabitants.

A report released last week by Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry confirmed that the number of orangutans has plummeted since 2004.

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

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