Sponsor a Wild Orangutan
The Orangutan Conservancy (OC) is emphasizing its commitment to wild orangutan conservation by offering for virtual adoption six orangutans currently living in the Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. By partnering with the Orangutan Kutai Project and the Kutai National Park authority, OC believes it can spur support and awareness of the wild orangutans in this fragile region.
Although a priority conservation area, the Kutai National Park was largely written off in recent years due to devastation caused by fires and human encroachment. The wild orangutan population was thought to have dwindled to as few as 30 living in the park. But a survey conducted in 2010 found between 1,000-2,000 orangutans in Kutai, doubly important because they represent the easternmost subspecies of the endangered Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio).
Right now, you can learn more about the Kutai orangutans featured below. Each is carefully monitored by researchers from the Orangutan Kutai Project, which was created in 2009 by OC board member Dr. Anne Russon. The project monitors a field site that runs about 4 km along the south side of the Sangata River, Kutai National Park’s northern boundary, an area that was chosen because censuses showed strong orangutan presence and the need for additional protection there.
Each virtual adoption packet contains a photo, a certificate, and the orangutan’s personal story, as well as information about OC. An adoption packet makes a great gift for a friend or family member who loves animals, and is an educational and exciting way for classrooms to fundraise while learning more about orangutan conservation issues. New individuals will be featured periodically.
(Please note: funding raised from this program goes to support the activities of Orangutan Kutai Project and the Orangutan Conservancy. Adoption does not imply ownership or rights to the individual orangutan.)
Please make your check or money order payable to the Orangutan Conservancy and send your gift along with the name and address of your recipient.
Or you can use the adopt buttons underneath the pictures to pay with a credit card at PayPal.
When selecting your virtual adoption, please include:
- The name of the individual or group receiving the packet
- The name of the orangutan you’d like to adopt
- The current address for the recipient
- If this is a gift, please include the name of the person or people giving the gift, so it can be included on the certificate.
P.O. Box 513
5001 Wilshire Blvd. #112
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Please allow 4 weeks for delivery. Thank you!
Darwin – Darwin is a near-adolescent male that looked for a long time to researchers like a female. But he is expected to hit a growth spurt shortly, and has begun to eat voraciously. He is a very calm orangutan, and tolerates humans well. He is especially fond of ginger stems and can often be found nestled inside the vegetation, munching happily.
Chelsea – Chelsea is a young male that is about six years old. He was first thought to be a female (hence the name) but later seemed to be Uci’s son. He slept in Uci’s nest and was observed nursing. Researchers believe he was nearing independence, and when Uci rested for a long time, Chelsea often communicated that he wanted to get going by approaching and whining continuously. When she ignored him, he would give up, move a short distance away, and slump down on a branch as if unbearably bored.
Otoy – Otoy is a “cheekpadder”, a mature adult male with flanges, who resides in the center of the Kutai research area. He initially seemed intent on mating with Uci, but when she showed no interest (or was already pregnant) he chose to live alone. He sometimes forages and travels on the ground. Although reasonably tolerant of researchers, he does not like other male orangutans and chases intruders away.
Pur – Pur is Putri’s infant son. He is believed to be about two years old, based on his size, spiderhead hair style, and behavior. He’s better coordinated than a one-year old, eats some foods on his own, and may move several meters away from his mother to explore, play, or eat. Pur is learning from Putri. He eats the same foods that Putri eats, begging or stealing portions, and when Putri displays, Pur chimes in with his own kiss-squeaks and waving or dropping tiny twigs.
Putri – Putri is an adult female with an infant, Pur. Putri was first encountered in April 2010. Unlike other females, Putri is very uneasy when followed and alternately kiss-squeaks or throws branches at researchers, or hides in her nest. She is also clever at eluding humans. Putri travels farther than most E. Bornean orangutans are thought to travel, as that sub-species lives in nutritionally poor areas and have to minimize their energy use. But Putri has traveled over an area of 4-5 km2.
Uci – Uci is an adult female, the third found in the Kutai study area in 2010. She was initially accompanied by a young male (Ucock) that researchers thought might be her son; she also seemed to be pregnant. But Ucock was replaced by another young male (Chelsea) who seemed a more likely son, even nursing and sharing her nest. Uci disappeared after being followed by males for six months, and is thought to have given birth. She will likely return once the fruit trees bloom in 2011.