Earth Day Arrives and Orangutans Watch

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli

Every day is earth day to the Orangutan Conservancy, but we put even more emphasis on our amazing planet each April 22nd.

One particular part of the globe that we focus on is Indonesia – the only remaining home to wild orangutans on the planet.  Indonesia is increasingly under threat from palm oil, deforestation, mining and over burdening on its natural resources.  Orangutans call Borneo and Sumatra home, and only with continual work can we help to ensure that there will be enough rainforest conserved in the future to give these great apes a real chance for survival.

On this Earth Day 2015, we ask all of our supporters to take one step toward helping orangutans find a better future.  Visit our How to help page for ideas.

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: 26 Orangutans to be Released Into Wild


OC archive photo of Samboja Lestari rescue center

OC photo of Samboja Lestari rescue center

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation is set to release 26 orangutans into their original habitat in Kehje Sewen forest, Muara Wahau, East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan.

“Twenty Pongo pygmaeus morio are ready to be released in May and six others in the middle of this year,” the foundation’s Samboja Lestari land rehabilitation and program manager

Agus Irwanto said in Balikpapan on Monday.Agus said the foundation was currently preparing the orangutans and arranging support for the release.

The foundation’s CEO Jamartin Sihite said the release of the orangutans would cost at least Rp 4 billion (US$307,000).

This article appeared in and is courtesy of The Jakarta Post.

posted by: Tom


Save the Date for the Orangutan Conservancy 10th Anniversary Fundraiser


Cross a bridge, see a river, all in the middle of Los Angeles at our upcoming fundraiser

Though September 19th is still quite a ways ahead, the Orangutan Conservancy is hard at work planning out our upcoming 10th anniversary fundraiser. The event will be a special day for all at OC, and the outdoor festivities will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 at a beautiful home in the Brookside neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

The “River Runs Through It” theme is appropriate as the home’s expansive backyard and garden has an actual stream that flows right through the environment.

Our Indonesian-inspired fundraiser will offer a lot of treats for our guests, including gourmet food from chef Judy Segami, wonderful live music, an amazing selection of silent auction items, and there will be several speakers who will share stories of orangutans and their rainforest home.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Anne Russon who is one of the world’s leading primatologists.

We’ll be adding details right here in the coming months about the September 19th event, but for now please mark the date on your calendar, and feel free to let us know if you’d like to be placed in our future ticket list. This fundraiser will only be able to to accommodate about 75 guests so please contact OC if you are interested in joining us for this special day.

posted by: Tom


OC Interactive Presenters at 65th Annual L.A. County Science Fair

The Orangutan Conservancy had the pleasure of spending this weekend as presenters at the 65th Annual L.A. County Science Fair in Pasadena, California.

The wonderful Pasadena Convention Center hosted the two-day immersive event.

OC got to meet and speak with many booth visitors about orangutans.

Board member Juanita Kempe, along with volunteer Diane, provided a wealth of information to those who stopped by our interactive exhibit.  We look forward to meeting more of you at future events. 

posted by: Tom