Conservation Projects

Dr. Mark Harrison of BNF/OuTrop is one of the researchers featured in From the Forest

The Orangutan Conservancy works to provide funding and logistical support to a variety of orangutan protection and research programs. By providing funding to various wildlife research programs in Indonesia we hope to assist in the ongoing conservation of this critically endangered genus. The following projects have been funded by the Orangutan Conservancy. 


Active Projects

Sintang Orangutan Center – 2020: Emergency COVID-19 Quarantine Enclosures
The Orangutan Conservancy has awarded an emergency grant to the Sintang Orangutan Center located in West Kalimantan, Borneo. This grant will be used for the construction of special quarantine enclosures for new and incoming orangutans. The threat of COVID-19 has made it extremely important to ensure the health of each and every orangutan progressing through the rehabilitation program.

Borneo Nature Foundation – 2019: Enhancing research infrastructure in Sebangau Forest
The Orangutan Conservancy has chosen to award funding to The Borneo Nature Foundation’s infrastructure proposal, scheduled to take place in Sebangau Forest in Borneo later this year. This project is aimed at rebuilding an aging boardwalk that serves as a critical route for researchers, conservationists, students, and even wildlife!

Sintang Orangutan Center – 2019: Medical Support Funding
The Orangutan Conservancy has awarded funds secured through the LA ZOO/GLAZA grant to the Sintang Orangutan Center (SOC). SOC specializes in rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild orangutans, who have typically been confiscated from private individuals in the pet trade. This funding will allow SOC to continue their important work of orangutan rehabilitation in West Kalimantan.

The Orangutan Information Centre – 2017: General Funding
The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to continue our support for an important ongoing program in Sumatra called The Orangutan Information Centre near Medan.  The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) and Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) are dedicated to the conservation of Sumatran orangutans and their rainforest homes. 

Borneo Nature Foundation’s OuTrop – 2012: OuTrop Funding
The Orangutan Conservancy is excited to announce its support for the Borneo Nature Foundation’s OuTrop initiative. Established in 1999, the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) – now a programme of the Borneo Nature Foundation – is dedicated to helping protect, restore and regenerate the Sabangau Forest through research, training and conservation support.

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) – 2010: General Funding
The Orangutan Conservancy is excited to continue its support for the Sumatran Orangutan conservation Programme. The primary goal of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is the conservation of the Sumatran orangutan, a species currently listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). With only about 6,000 Sumatran orangutans remaining, in increasingly fragmented forest patches, time is running out.

Orangutan Kutai Project – 2010: General Funding
The Orangutan Conservancy is remains an enthusiastic supporter of the Orangutan Kutai Project (OKP) a project headed by on of our very own board members, Dr. Anne Russon. The Orangutan Kutai Project focuses on the range of orangutans because ranging offers a good overview of their habitat needs, social lives, energy management, flexibilities, and limits.  Effective protection depends on designing programs to suit their needs, preferences, flexibilities, and limitations. 


Emergency Firefighting Funding

OC keeps a funding reserve marked for the dry season that initiates a bout of fires every single year. We try to keep this reserve fully funded in the event of emergencies for projects on the ground in Southeast Asia.

Tuanan Orangutan Research Station – 2019
The Tuanan Orangutan Research Station located in the Mawas conservation area in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia has requested emergency firefighting funds.

Borneo Nature Foundation – 2019
The Orangutan Conservancy received a request from the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) last week for Emergency Firefighting funds (EFF) to fight the intense infernos. 


Past Initiatives

Orangutan Haven – 2014
One of the new projects that the Orangutan Conservancy is supporting is this inspiring, semi-wild sanctuary for orangutans that have been injured or have illnesses that would prevent them from living fully in the wild. 

Conservation Drone Project – 2012
As Dr. Wich explains,  “A main aim of our work is to share our knowledge for building low-cost Conservation Drones to help conservation workers and researchers in developing countries do their jobs a lot more effectively and cost efficiently.”

Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project – 2010
The Gunung Palung Orangutan Program (GPOCP) was established by orangutan researcher, Dr. Cheryl Knott in 1992, and is now in its 22nd year. The project represents one of the longest running studies of wild orangutans in existence.


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