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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.

10th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Announced

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 2018

How El Niño Affects Wild Orangutans

Our very own board member Dr. Anne Russon started a long-term study in 2010 on the wild Orangutans of Kutai National Park in Indonesian Borneo. Her research has found how weather caused by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle affects behavior, feeding ecology, habitat requirements, and birth intervals. The knowledge gained from this study will allow researchers to better understand how orangutans adapt to different climates, which will be vital as they face the growing threat of man-made climate change.

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Photo: Female and infant orangutan in Kutai National Park. The morio orangutans of east Borneo are usually much darker than their Sumatran cousins. Image by Orangutan Project Kutai.


posted by: Eric DePalma


Petition: Save the Tapanuli Orangutan!

The Tapanuli Orangutan is on the brink of extinction and they need our help! A hydroelectric dam is being built and is threatening their already diminished population with further fragmentation. If we do not act now this species will be doomed to path of extinction. Rallies across the globe are taking place to show the investors of this project that funding this dam is the wrong choice. Let’s encourage these companies to stand on the right side of environmental history and save this precious species. The Tapanuli Orangutan was only discovered two years ago and there is still so much to learn about them. The only way to secure their future is to act now and support causes that are fighting for this species existence.

“The Tapanuli orangutan–the rarest primate in the world–is on the cusp of being obliterated by two Chinese state-owned entities. The Bank of China is funding and Sinohydro is building a dam that would permanently slice up the Tapanuli’s only habitat, and lead it to a near-certain fate of extinction.”

posted by: Eric DePalma


Save the Tapanuli Orangutan on March 21st!

Join us this week as activists around the globe call on the Bank of China to defund the Batang Toru dam!

The Tapanuli Orangutan is facing extinction and they need your help! The development of a new hydroelectric dam in the Batang Toru ecosystem is currently the biggest threat to the orangutans’ survival. This dam would cut through the highest density of the orangutans’ population and permanently split the entire species into three separate groups, according to a recent report. There are only 800 Tapanuli Orangutans left and permanently fragmenting their population will lead to their near-extinction. Act now before it’s too late!

Click Here to join us for Ape Alliance’s rally on March 21st at 12pm at the Bank of China in Los Angeles, CA!

Click Here to find out more on other rallies going on around the globe!

posted by: Eric DePalma


A Message from the President

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great start to the new year and I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you who donated so generously over the holiday season!  Your thoughtful kindness is truly appreciated.

I want to take this time to introduce you to Christy Valsente, a stained glass mosaic artist who created the beautiful orangutan piece below.  Even though she has created small architectural  pieces, she finds she does her best work representing mammals, birds, and fish. She chose to represent an orangutan because his eyes capture the seriousness of the Orangutan’s plight.  She has chosen to dedicate some of her artwork to further awareness of their various struggles in the world. The Orangutan piece is up on her Etsy page, Gladys Finkelstien Creations, at if you would like to purchase this artwork.  The size is 10×12” and a frame is included.   Proceeds of the sale will come back to us at the Orangutan Conservancy.

CLICK HERE to view this item on Etsy

posted by: Eric DePalma