We're a passionate group of people dedicated to saving the orangutan, led by an experienced set of wildlife experts that have been working for over 20 years to protect orangutans. Together our brand, staff, supporters, partners and the community are working to protect orangutans from extinction.

About The Orangutan Project

  • Governance

    // // Volunteer. Donate. Review. // // Volunteer. Donate. Review. The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his 25+ year career working with orangutans - including establishing the most successful breeding colony of orangutans in the world. The ... Read more

  • Leif Cocks

    Leif Cocks is the founder of The Orangutan Project and has been the president since its inception. He has worked with and campaigned for orangutans for almost 30 years. Read more

  • Leadership Team

    Meet our experienced and passionate Board Members and team of experts who work with staff, supporters, partners and the community to protect the orangutans from extinction. Read more

  • Corporate Partners

    A range of organisations sponsor The Orangutan Project through our Business Partner Program. Meet the businesses and organisations who support our work. Read more

  • Our Ambassadors

    Meet the celebrities, sportspeople and leaders who lend support to The Orangutan Project. Read more

  • Tax Deductibility & Legal Information

    Find out more about the tax deductibility of your donations, DGR status, our bank details, return policy and other legal information. Read more

  • Vacancies

    Find out about our current vacancies and consider joining our organisation or one of our fundraising teams. Read more

Our philosophy

TOP is a non-partisan organisation that collaborates with several orangutan conservation projects, as well as providing habitat protection and land acquisition through its own programs to deter wildlife poaching, illegal logging and land clearing in Indonesia. TOP's philosophy is to work flexibly and tailor what is necessary to get the job done for orangutan conservation and welfare, with TOP's organisations needs always subservient to the best outcome for orangutans.

We are part of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP)

Together with PanEco YEL, and Frankfurt Zoological Society we work together to provide effective and coordinated results for Sumatran orangutans. SOCP mission is to conserve viable wild populations of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan. We do this by habitat protection, reintroduction of confiscated pets to the wild, education, survey work and scientific research.

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Our sister projects


How we are saving the orangutan

We lead and sponsor projects on the ground that help protect orangutans and their forest homes.

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