Save the Tapanuli Orangutan on March 21st!

Join us this week as activists around the globe call on the Bank of China to defund the Batang Toru dam!

The Tapanuli Orangutan is facing extinction and they need your help! The development of a new hydroelectric dam in the Batang Toru ecosystem is currently the biggest threat to the orangutans’ survival. This dam would cut through the highest density of the orangutans’ population and permanently split the entire species into three separate groups, according to a recent report. There are only 800 Tapanuli Orangutans left and permanently fragmenting their population will lead to their near-extinction. Act now before it’s too late!

Click Here to join us for Ape Alliance’s rally on March 21st at 12pm at the Bank of China in Los Angeles, CA!

Click Here to find out more on other rallies going on around the globe!

posted by: Eric DePalma


A Message from the President

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great start to the new year and I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you who donated so generously over the holiday season!  Your thoughtful kindness is truly appreciated.

I want to take this time to introduce you to Christy Valsente, a stained glass mosaic artist who created the beautiful orangutan piece below.  Even though she has created small architectural  pieces, she finds she does her best work representing mammals, birds, and fish. She chose to represent an orangutan because his eyes capture the seriousness of the Orangutan’s plight.  She has chosen to dedicate some of her artwork to further awareness of their various struggles in the world. The Orangutan piece is up on her Etsy page, Gladys Finkelstien Creations, at if you would like to purchase this artwork.  The size is 10×12” and a frame is included.   Proceeds of the sale will come back to us at the Orangutan Conservancy.

CLICK HERE to view this item on Etsy

posted by: Eric DePalma


Giving Tuesday!

Happy everyone! Please help save the orangutans by donating! Donations of $20 receive our “Save the Orangutans” bracelet, donations of $50 receive 5 bracelets and donations of $75 or more will receive a reusable shopping bag with our logo. Donate here!

posted by: Erin Murphy


Endangered Species Recovery

Many nations have laws to identify and protect imperiled species and their ecosystems. In the United States, actions taken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have prevented many extinctions, but few listed species have recovered to the point where they can have the ESA protections removed (1, 2). One reason for this [among many (3)] is a shortfall in funding, raising a conundrum for agencies responsible for species recovery: Should resources be allocated toward species facing imminent extinction or species whose long-term survival can most benefit from investment? Some argue that the latter strategy is ethically unsound because it may abandon species with little hope of long-term recovery [for example, (4)], even when science suggests that the former strategy may miss opportunities to prevent species from ever  experiencing the risk of imminent extinction (2). We suggest that framing recovery prioritization as a resource allocation problem provides a structure to facilitate constructive debate about such important questions. We discuss here the merits of an explicit resource allocation framework and introduce a prototype decision tool [(5); see supplementary materials for details] that we developed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to facilitate transparent and efficient recovery allocation decisions.

Click this link to check out the whole article by Science Endangered species recovery

posted by: Erin Murphy