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).

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 held in Indonesia

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.”

Orangutan News: 26 Orangutans to be Released Into Wild


OC archive photo of Samboja Lestari rescue center

OC photo of Samboja Lestari rescue center

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation is set to release 26 orangutans into their original habitat in Kehje Sewen forest, Muara Wahau, East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan.

“Twenty Pongo pygmaeus morio are ready to be released in May and six others in the middle of this year,” the foundation’s Samboja Lestari land rehabilitation and program manager

Agus Irwanto said in Balikpapan on Monday.Agus said the foundation was currently preparing the orangutans and arranging support for the release.

The foundation’s CEO Jamartin Sihite said the release of the orangutans would cost at least Rp 4 billion (US$307,000).

This article appeared in and is courtesy of The Jakarta Post.

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Save the Date for the Orangutan Conservancy Fundraiser


Cross a bridge, see a river, all in the middle of Los Angeles at our upcoming fundraiser


Though September 12th is still quite a ways ahead, the Orangutan Conservancy is hard at work with our board and volunteers planning out our upcoming 10th anniversary fundraiser. The event will be a special day for all at OC and the outdoor party will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 at a beautiful home in the Brookside neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The “River Runs Through It” theme is appropriate as the home’s expansive backyard and garden has an actual stream that flows right through the environment. Our Indonesian-inspired fundraiser will offer a lot of treats for our guests, including gourmet food from chef Judy Segami, wonderful live music, an amazing selection of silent auction items, and there will be several speakers who will share stories of orangutans and their rainforest home.

We’ll be adding details right here in the coming months about the September 12th event, but for now please mark the date on your calendar, and feel free to let us know if you’d like to be placed in our future ticket list. This fundraiser will only be able to to accommodate about 75 guests so please contact OC if you are interested in joining us for this special day.

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OC Interactive Presenters at 65th Annual L.A. County Science Fair

The Orangutan Conservancy had the pleasure of spending this weekend as presenters at the 65th Annual L.A. County Science Fair in Pasadena, California.

The wonderful Pasadena Convention Center hosted the two-day immersive event.

OC got to meet and speak with many booth visitors about orangutans.

Board member Juanita Kempe, along with volunteer Diane, provided a wealth of information to those who stopped by our interactive exhibit.  We look forward to meeting more of you at future events. 

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Conservation News: New Protected Peat Area Established Where Controversial Palm Oil Company Operated


edited by OC’s Tom from a press release

Banda Aceh

At a historic ceremony this week in the middle of Sumatra’s Tripa peat swamps,
Mr. Husaini Syamaun, the Head of the Aceh Forestry Department, formally declared a new 1,455 hectare Protected Peat Area in the Tripa peat swamp region of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The ceremony marked the successful conclusion of an Aceh government program to block 18 illegal canals draining the peat. Mr. Husaini unveiled a signboard marking the official boundary of the new protected area and symbolically planted a tree on one of the recently constructed dams blocking the canals. Husaini confirmed “Aceh’s Government is firmly committed to protecting all peat areas deeper than three meters”.

The event was attended by local government and law enforcement agencies, local community leaders, NGO’s and the press. Community representative, Cut Erlianda, explained, “Local people support the government’s initiative to protect Tripa and hope to be actively involved in its management.”

Over 60,000 trees have already been planted in the newly protected area, with another 120,000 scheduled to be planted over the next month. The area declared as a Protected Peat Swamp was previously awarded illegally to the company PT Kallista Alam, as an oil palm concession area, but in a case that garnered global media attention, a high profile legal challenge against the permit by Acehnese environmental group WALHI Aceh (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) was successful, resulting in Aceh’s Governor formally cancelling the concession in 2012.
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