The word orangutan comes from the Malay words “Orang” (meaning: person) and “Hutan” (meaning: of the forest). The word Orangutan translates to “person of the forest.”
Although exact population counts are difficult to ascertain, the scientific community generally agrees that there are somewhere between 55,000 and 65,000 wild orangutans left.
Five great apes exist on earth today, two of them are on the brink of extinction, two are decreasing rapidly in population, and one is the most abundant primate species on earth.
You still have an opportunity to help save orangutans from their growing list of threats; deforestation, poaching, illegal hunting, habitat loss, human encroachment, the list goes on and on… Just this year we have been able to fund medical re-supply trips, firefighting efforts, and infrastructure rebuilding; not to mention the fact that we have been able to fund TWO emergency …