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.”

Tis the Season…

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orangutan 3 with color revision

 

 

posted by: Tom

 

Three Ways To Help OC This Giving Season

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It’s that busy time of year when many people inquire with us about the best way they can help the Orangutan Conservancy to continue our mission of protecting orangutans and their rainforest home.  Of course, a donation, is always a direct and immediate way to show your support, but there are other ways to join our team as well at this festive time of they year.

Are you still busy shopping for your family and friends?  Amazon Smile, now offers a link to use, and for every purchase you make there, they’ll donate a small portion to the Orangutan Conservancy.  Amazon Smile is exactly the same Amazon that millions use around the world for their online shopping, but when you add the “smile” in, orangutans see some benefits too.  Here’s where you can go to support OC through Amazon Smile.

Holiday shoppers are always on the lookout for those last minute stocking stuffers, and we still have some of our popular “Save the Orangutan” wristbands available that will do the trick!. They look great and send a powerful conservation message for all to see.  You can click here to order the stocking stuffers wristbands that will put some orange in your life and on your wrist. 

Done shopping, done with the crowds, and ready to settle in for the holidays?  Well, there’s one more thing you might do before you get the hot chocolate brewing.  If you have an old cell phone that’s cluttering up your drawer space, and you can’t even remember when you last used it, maybe it’s time to think about sending it to OC.  We’ll recycle that old device for you and you’ll be making a nice contribution to our organization at the same time.

We will continue our work in 2015 so that more orangutans like this little one will  have a better chance for a brighter future, and we thank you for helping us to keep the Orangutan Conservancy mission going strong.

 

posted by: Tom

 

Otoy High in the Trees

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Look up, and if you’re lucky, very lucky, you might find an orangutan in the forest canopy. Let’s work together for these amazing great apes to make sure that’s always a possibility

Learn some of the ways you can help here.

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Orangutan News: Four Bornean Orangutans Rescued in Ketapang

One of the rescued orangutans, named “Bob” by a GPOCP investigator, looks out from a cage.  He was recently rescued.

One of the rescued orangutans, named “Bob” by a GPOCP investigator , looks out from a cage. He was recently rescued.

Based on information gathered by Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP) investigators, a team comprised of officers from the Ketapang Police Department, the Ketapang Natural Resources Conservation Authority (BKSDA), and International Animal Rescue (IAR) have successfully rescued four Bornean orangutans that were illegally held as pets by members of the local community. The Bornean orangutan  is an endangered species and legally protected by Indonesian law.

The orangutans were rescued from four different counties, all in the Ketapang district of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.  GPOCP investigators initially gathered and reported the evidence, which was followed up on by the Ketapang Police Department and BKSDA, who then coordinated the rescue operations with IAR.

The rescue of one of the orangutans in Manis Mata is an especially significant accomplishment, as GPOCP initially reported this case to BKSDA over a year ago. On October 18, after receiving information and photographic proof that the orangutan was still chained up and that he was given cigarettes and arak (a local type of rice wine), GPOCP media staff wrote an expose that was published on Mongabay Indonesia.

The rescues this month represent a concerted and ongoing effort by a team of orangutan conservationists, including GPOCP and IAR staff as well as local authorities, to address the problem of poaching orangutans for pets in this area of West Kalimantan. GPOCP has been working in the Ketapang district since 1999, with additional conservation programs in the district of Kayong Utara to the north, to protect and conserve the Bornean orangutan populations in and around Gunung Palung National Park.

GPOCP is one of the projects that the Orangutan Conservancy has helped to support.  Read more about them here.

posted by: Tom