Film: Toward Tomorrow with the Orangutan Conservancy


Threats to Orangutans in 2017

A crisis exists for orangutans.

While exact orangutan population counts are always a challenge – various estimates put current counts at between 50,000-100,000 orangutans left in the wild – we do know with certainty that 2,000 to 3,000 orangutans are killed every year.

At this rate of loss, many experts believe orangutans could be extinct in the wild in less than 50 years.

Never before has their very existence been threatened so severely. Economic crisis combined with natural disasters and human abuse of the forest are pushing one of humankind’s closest cousins to extinction. 

The main threats today to the survival of orangutans:

  • Loss of habitat through deforestation
  • Palm oil plantations
  • Illegal hunting
  • Illegal pet trade

Learn more about the threats to orangutans here.

Would you like to help the Orangutan Conservancy to protect orangutans both in the wild and in rescue and rehabilitation centers across Indonesia? 

Please make your donation to OC now and become a champion for orangutans!

posted by: Tom


Conservation Perspective: Connectivity and Coexistence Key to Orangutan Survival on Croplands

An orangutan using a fire hose bridge over a small river in Malaysia. Creating connectivity between agricultural lands and remaining forest patches is vital to preserving genetic resilience in species such as orangutans. Photo by Yosuke Otani and courtesy of Mongabay

by Linda Lombardi for Mongabay

Critically Endangered orangutans live in a part of the world where pristine forest is rapidly disappearing under human cultivation. From 1973–2010, Borneo lost 39 percent of its forests, and estimates are that another 37 percent of orangutan-suitable habitat will be converted to agricultural use there through 2025. Similarly, 60 percent of habitat suitable for Sumatran orangutans was lost between 1985 and 2007. If current trends continue, both species will have decreased in numbers by over 80 percent by 2025 — with habitat loss still being one of the greatest drivers of that decline.

So it is vital, if these great apes are to survive for decades to come, to understand how we can help them coexist alongside and among us today, especially within the agricultural landscape.

It was previously assumed that forest-dwelling orangutans wouldn’t be able to adapt to living in human-altered croplands. But more recently, researchers have conducted studies that have come to somewhat more encouraging conclusions.

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

posted by: Tom


Raise Your Hand If You Want To Be An OC Member!

photo by Berni Ripoll at BNF/OuTrop

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to announce our annual membership drive is in effect for the next month.

We value all who help our cause of protecting orangutans in the wild in rescue and rehabilitation centers across Indonesia.  Our members receive seasonal E-Bulletins, a photo of an orangutan, a “Save the Orangutan Wristband” and special members-only offers throughout the year.

Become an OC member today.

posted by: Tom


Los Angeles Celebrates Earth Day A Week Early and OC Will Be There Too

Okay, this coming Saturday isn’t really Earth Day, so let’s call this the “One Week Before Earth Day Earth Day Event,” and OC will be there at  our booth to talk with you all about orangutans and the conservation movement to help save them.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, stop by and say Hi on Saturday, April 8th from 10-2 at the annual “Earth Day Fair.”  It’s a free event for the whole family. You’ll see over 50 green exhibitors, earth-friendly arts and crafts, music and dance performances, and the always popular face painting.

Bring an old pair of shoes too to donate.

This always fun event is at 1955 Workman Mill Road in Whittier California and sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of L.A. County.

The first five people at the event who tell us they saw this on our website get a free “Save the Orangutan” Wristband too.


posted by: Tom