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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: Five Orangutans Released Into Kehje Sewen Forest

An orangutan rehabilitated at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) Samboja Lestari conservation facility, returns to its natural habitat. (JP/N. Adri)

by N. Adri for The Jakarta Post

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) on Monday released five more orangutans into Kehje Sewen forest in East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan, adding the number of orangutans brought into the forest to 80 individual animals. This is the 14th release of the protected species since the group started the initiative in 2012.

“The release of the five orangutans is also part of a celebration of the first World Wildlife Conservation Day,” said BOSF executive director Jamartin Sihite on Monday.

He said Monday’s release would be the last release for 2017.

It was not by coincidence that one of the orangutans released by BOSF included a six-year old male orangutan named Santa. He was rescued from captivity in Muara Wahau, around two hours drive from Kehje Sewen, in 2014. At that time, Santa still showed signs of the wild behavior needed for his release.

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

posted by: Tom


Primate News: The World’s Top 25 Most Endangered Primates

photo of Tapanuli orangutan from the Orangutan Conservancy archives by Andrew Walmsley

by Mike Gaworecki for Mongabay

Earlier this month, a new orangutan species discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia officially became the eighth great ape species known to exist on Earth — and, thanks to habitat destruction caused by the expansion of human development, it instantly became one of the most endangered great apes on the planet, too.

There are believed to be fewer than 800 Batang Toru orangutans (Pongo tapanuliensis), as the new species is called (it’s also sometimes referred to as the Tapanuli orangutan), all living in a degraded primary forest on Sumatra increasingly surrounded and bisected by roads. But the species is hardly alone amongst its primate relatives in being threatened by human activities.

According to the biennial Primates In Peril report, the latest installment of which was released today at the Primate Society of Great Britain’s 50th anniversary conference in London, 62 percent of the more than 700 known species and subspecies of apes, lemurs, monkeys, and other primates are currently facing serious threats to their survival. Forty-two percent of them are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered.

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

posted by: Tom


Giving Tuesday “Week” at The Orangutan Conservancy

The Orangutan Conservancy works 365 days a year supporting numerous on the ground projects in Indonesia that in turn are working to save orangutans.  

Whether it be the HOCRU rescue team at the Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra or the researchers studying orangutans at the Orangutan Kutai Project in Borneo, OC stands behind important conservation efforts through both financial and logistical support.  We do so by helping to support the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme at both their quarantine center near Medan and at their wild sites in Aceh and Jambi, where they continue to successfully release orangutans back into the rainforest.  An island away in Kalimantan we partner with the Borneo Nature Foundation on numerous initiatives, from conserving the orangutan population in the Sabangau Forest to protecting the fragile peatland through dam building and firefighting efforts.  We’re also supporting the future home for inured and ill great apes at Orangutan Haven and, of course, holding our annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshops.

Wherever the daily work of protecting orangutans is occurring in Asia, the Orangutan Conservancy continues to step up to meet the challenges and help support the good work being done.

We can’t do this alone.  Our mission only thrives because of the generous support of people like you who care about these amazing animals as much as we do.

So, for one week of the year, starting on Giving Tuesday, we appeal to you to please support our work by making a donation that shows how much you care about endangered orangutans. 

Your donations are most appreciated, but so is sharing our work on social media.  So is shopping for your holiday gifts at Amazon Smile where every purchase you make means a small contribution to OC, or by ordering some of our “Save the Orangutan ” wristbands.  You can also give in other ways, perhaps by volunteering your time today to do something proactive for orangutans.  There are numerous ways to contribute toward future orangutan conservation, and the key is starting something today that is dedicated to giving. 

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Newborn Baby Orangutan Born in Aceh Forest

An orangutan named Mongki, carrying its newborn baby Mameh, hangs on a tree in Jantho, Aceh, on Nov. 7. photo courtesy: (SOCP/MUKHLISIN)

by Hotli Simanjuntak for the Jakarta Post

Rangers at the Jantho conservation forest in Aceh Besar, Aceh, were carrying out routine monitoring when they found a female orangutan named Mongki carrying a baby orangutan on Nov. 7.

The team believed it was Mongki’s baby. They have subsequently named the baby animal Mameh, which means “sweet” in the local language.

“Mameh is the second baby orangutan born in the Jantho reintroduction forest,” said Ian Singleton, the director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP), which manages the forest in collaboration with the Aceh Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

Mongki was released into the wild in Jantho in 2011.

Mongki had previously been spotted three times this year.

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

posted by: Tom