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

It's estimated that 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).

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.

7th Annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Held in Yogyakarta

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

There Are 2,500 Orangutans In Rescue and Rehabilitation Centers in 2015

Sumatran orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutan Conservancy’s 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Approaches


The entire team at the Orangutan Conservancy are getting excited as we near our 10th Anniversary fundraiser in just two weeks. 

We hope you’ll join us for the big day!

On September 19th in Los Angeles we’ll be holding an afternoon party to celebrate ten years of working to save orangutans and their rainforest homes.   A beautiful environment awaits those who’ll attend at “El Rio del Jardin De Las Flores” in L.A.’s Brookside area.

A handful of tickets are still available for this special event and you can get yours by contacting OC right here. 

There will be live music, gourmet food treats, wine, a silent auction with incredible orangutan-made art, and our keynote speaker will be renowned primatologist Dr. Anne Russon.

Please join OC in Los Angeles as we celebrate our diamond anniversary.

Starting on 9/12 you’ll be able to bid on silent auction items on our Facebook page even if you can’t attend the fundraiser, so stay tuned.

One of the special silent auction items at our fundraiser will be a SeaTrek schooner cruise around Indonesia

One of the special silent auction items at our fundraiser will be a SeaTrek schooner cruise around Indonesia

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Orangutan News: Thailand to Return 14 Orangutans to Indonesia

A young orangutan clings to a parent at the Khao Pra Thab Chang wildlife breeding centre in Ratchaburi province. One of 13 orangutans impounded in 2010 gave birth to a baby while at the centre. Saichon... photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

A young orangutan clings to a parent at the Khao Pra Thab Chang wildlife breeding centre in Ratchaburi province. One of 13 orangutans impounded in 2010 gave birth to a baby while at the centre. photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

by Apinya Wipatayotin for the Bangkok Post

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will return 14 orangutans to Indonesia next month.

The primates have been under the care of the department for five years since they were discovered in Phuket.

Department deputy chief Adisorn Noochdumrong said the Indonesian government submitted a letter requesting the return of the animals.

Indonesia has agreed to pay the transportation costs. A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft will fly to Thailand to pick up the orangutans on Sept 7.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) regulations, countries which take care of protected animals on Cites’s protected list have the right to demand compensation from the animals’ country of origin to cover the cost of feeding them.

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

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OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Wrap-Up 2015


Attendees at the 2015 OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop

Attendees at the 2015 OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop

by Tom Mills for the Orangutan Conservancy

The 7th Annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop, recently held in energetic Yogyakarta Indonesia, has concluded after a whirlwind week of presentations, clinics, team building exercises and labs.  The once a year event, co-sponsored by the Orangutan Conservancy and our friends at the Chester Zoo, was the largest gathering yet with upwards of 60 attendees on some days.  Not only did we have a large contingent of Indonesian wildlife veterinarians in attendance but OC/OVAG 2015 also saw rescue and rehabilitation center managers joining us this time out, along with some international vets to partake and learn more about captive and wild orangutans as well.

Seeing the annual event firsthand was a real eye opener as the schedule was a busy one from day to night. Over the five-day timeframe, there was enough information and strategies being shared to fill a laptop – knowledge that each attendee will utilize for the hard work ahead.

The vets obviously have a real affection for each other that is strengthened each year and that bond connects each of them in numerous ways.  As one told me, “This is really the only time we can be together to share.”  And that they did as these orangutan experts from the frontlines presented case studies and firsthand accounts to each other at both the workshop LPP Garden Hotel event central location and at the Veterinary Medicine campus at the University of Gadjah Maja not far away. The Internet also helps the vets to stay in touch once they all head back to their centers, but there’s no substitute for being together in the same place each year.

The work week at OC/OVAG 2015 began with a presentation to the Dean of the University’s Vet School, followed by days of activities that included a parisitology lab, a practical CPR lesson for resuscitating orangutans (with BeeGees soundtrack for tempo), an exciting role-playing exercise between vets-managers-and communications teams recreating a forest crisis situation in order to improve strategies when the real thing occurs, while the lighter aspects of the schedule included a tour of cultural Yogyakarta and an after-hours vet auction for medical supplies that were bid on not with money but with colorful stories from the field.

Dr Wendi Bailey's parasitology lab in full swing

Dr Wendi Bailey’s parasitology lab in full swing

Perhaps the real highlight of the week, though, was that this was the first year that the Indonesian orangutan vets themselves took full control of running the show.  Under the tutelage of OC’s Dr. Raffaella Commitante and Chester’s Dr. Steve Unwin for these past seven years, in 2015 the OVAG organizing committee made up of four in-situ orangutan specialists took the reigns of the event, and they did a terrific job in planning and running the busy five-day workshop. Kudos to Siska, Citra and Yenny and Ricko for a seamless transition.

OIC's drh. Ricko Laino Jaya  - an OVAG committee member-  presents

OIC’s drh. Ricko Laino Jaya – an OVAG committee member- presents

The future looks bright for the OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop!  In the coming weeks we’ll be showing video clips from several of the events at this year’s workshop.  Stay tuned.  And if you want to feel a bit of the energy from the workshop here’s a quick hello from the vets themselves.

On a personal note, this was the first workshop that I’ve attended and it was a real pleasure to meet so many dedicated, wonderful people that work day in and day out, often in over-burdened facilities with little funding or outside support, to ensure the survival of both captive and wild orangutans.  Thank you all for what you do throughout the year for orangutan conservation.

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In the Trees Soon Thanks to SOCP

photo by Tom from the Orangutan Conservancy

photo by Tom from the Orangutan Conservancy

This young orangutan will one day call the wild home.  Currently being cared for with over 50 other orangutans at SOCP’s quarantine/rehabilitation center, she’ll eventually be released back into a safe forest area to live in the trees as have over 200 other orangutans that have been rescued, rehabilitated and taught how to survive and thrive in the rainforest.

Other orangutans that have severe injuries and illnesses and couldn’t survive in the forest will have Orangutan Haven to call their semi-wild home.  SOCP’s Orangutan Haven is in its early stages not far from the quarantine center and the Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to be able to help support the development of this much needed sanctuary.

Read more about SOCP’s work to save orangutans and about Orangutan Haven, and join us with your support to help these important projects.

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