Together We Can Save Them

It's estimated that there may be only 45,000 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.

Orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent and make their own tools.

8th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop just held in Malaysia

Orangutan Caring Week November 13-19

Orangutans could be the first great ape to become extinct.

Orangutan rescue centers are at near full capacity in 2016

Film: Toward Tomorrow with the Orangutan Conservancy


OC Announces New Support For Orangutan Information Centre


The Orangutan Conservancy believes that no single project alone can hope to save orangutans from extinction. We help to support ongoing research projects such as the Orangutan Kutai Project, the annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop, the rainforest conservation work being accomplished by the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project and several independent rescue and rehabilitation centers such as the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. And we’re always on the lookout for more projects to welcome into our fold that are making meaningful differences on the ground in Borneo and Sumatra.

One such project is the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), near Medan in northern Sumatra, and we’ve chosen OIC’s Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU)  for our initial round of funding. 

The HOCRU is a specialist team of Indonesian conservationists, responsible for investigating, assessing and mitigating any reported instances of conflict between farmers and orangutans around the Leuser Ecosystem.

From the OIC website:  “The high frequency of orangutan rescue, translocation operations and confiscations of illegally-held captive orangutans by the HOCRU team over the last year confirms that human-orangutan conflict is an ongoing problem in and around the Leuser Ecosystem, exacerbated by destruction of orangutan habitat mainly for plantation development. In 2015, the team rescued 29 orangutans: 16 females and 13 males, with 19 orangutans evacuated from plantations and farmlands and 10 confiscated from the illegal pet trade.”

The Orangutan Conservancy is able to help support projects like this only through the generous support of our donors, and we know that you’ll agree that OIC is doing tremendous work that is having a profound impact on orangutans.  We look forward to working with the Orangutan Information Centre as they continue their mission of saving orangutans and educating the local communities all the while.


posted by: Tom


Conservation News: Delving Into Drivers of Deforestation

Fires burn on degraded land in Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan in October 2015. Bernat Ripoll Capilla/Borneo Nature Foundation

Fires burn on degraded land in Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan in October 2015. Bernat Ripoll Capilla/Borneo Nature Foundation

by Deanna Ramsay for CIFOR

Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the plantation side tend to argue that planting is done on already deforested land.

Until now, both sides have lacked clear evidence to justify their claims.

“The story is complex, drivers of deforestation are many. Until now we lacked information to distinguish so-called good and bad plantations,” said Douglas Sheil of the Norwegian University of Life Science.

In a new study published in Scientific Reports that he co-authored, Sheil and fellow scientists reviewed over 400 Landsat satellite images of Borneo between 1973 and 2015 to track forest loss and degradation and the concomitant expansion of plantations. The impacts of drought and fires tied to El Nino events were also considered.

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

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Orangutan Handed Over to W. Kalimantan Conservation Agency

photo courtesy of BKSDA West Kalimantan/File

photo courtesy of BKSDA West Kalimantan/File

by Severianus Endi The Jakarta Post

A resident of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, voluntarily handed over a Kalimantan orangutan to the Natural Resources and Conservation Agency (BKSDA), the agency’s official has said.

BKSDA West Kalimantan head Sustyo Iriono said the local resident, M. Djafrie DA, reportedly found the orangutan in a hut belonging to an owner of a field in Landak regency in February, and raised it before he handed the rare species, which is endemic to Kalimantan Island, to his agency on Tuesday.

The female primate was in healthy condition and is predicted to be nine-months-old, he went on.

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

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Conservation News: Indonesian Environment Ministry Shoots Down Mount Leuser Geothermal Plan

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives

by Fidelis E. Satriastanti for Mongabay

The Indonesian environment ministry has denied the Aceh provincial government’s proposal to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, reacting to opposition from conservationists who argued the project would threaten key orangutan and rhino populations.

The ministry’s director for protected areas told Mongabay that the ministry had rejected a letter from Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah asking that a section of the park’s “core zone” be changed to a “utilization zone” so that a Turkish company, Hitay Holdings, could develop geothermal there.

“The minister received the letter but from socialization and [public] consultation, the result was disagreement with the rezoning, so that’s that. [The plan] stops there,” Tachrir Fathoni told Mongabay last week on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu.

“We would support geothermal to be outside conservation areas. This should be the priority,” Fathoni said, adding that the government needed to find ways to harmonize national interests with conservation efforts.

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

posted by: Tom