Bornean orangutans urgently need your help!

For more than three years, The Orangutan Project and our partners have been working to secure a vitally important rainforest within a 712,000 acre ecosystem in Borneo.This rainforest is lowland and riverine, making it prime habitat for Critically Endangered Bornean orangutans.

Once completed, this newly protected rainforest will help us establish an ‘insurance population’ for Critically Endangered Bornean orangutans, supporting their future survival; but it’s now a race against time and we urgently need your help! 

Please give a special gift and help make this happen!

Even before the COVID-19 crisis led to a spike in deforestation, Bornean orangutans were facing disaster. Since 2002, more than 150,000 have been displaced, hunted or killed as agricultural ‘pests’ which is more than half their population. This newly protected habitat will enable us to safely release rescued and rehabilitated orangutans, who are all victims of Borneo’s mass deforestation, providing them with a second chance to thrive in secure populations.   

But for our vision to become a reality, we need to make sure every vulnerable orangutan gets the urgent rescue and rehabilitation they deserve, and that this precious ecosystem is safeguarded and patrolled for the decades to come. And for that, we need you.

Please give a special gift today and help us secure this massive win for Critically Endangered Bornean orangutans - it’s the gift you’ve been waiting to give! 

“Securing intact areas of remaining lowland habitat and placing viable populations of orangutans under our permanent protection is now critical to securing their survival.” Leif Cocks

Your gift today will help us fund rapid-response rescues for orangutans displaced through deforestation or stolen by the illegal wildlife trade.  It will support long term rehabilitation and jungle school for rescued orangutans and it will help us establish the world class protection that’s going to keep this newly protected habitat safe for the decades to come!

This is a massive part of our plans to secure the survival of Critically Endangered Borean orangutans, and we thank you, sincerely, for helping to make it happen! 

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The Orangutan Project and partners have been working with authorities for more than three years, to legally protect a rainforest ecosystem in Kalimantan, that had previously been earmarked for conversion into palm oil plantations. Once complete, together with their partner’s concessions, they’ll be helping protect more than 700,000 acres of prime, lowland, richly biodiverse rainforest. 

The plans have been developed, the application for permits submitted, and The Orangutan Project have raised the funds required to initially secure the protected area.  

We now need to raise over $600,000 by December 31 to establish the orangutan release program and to resource and train the critical team of community wildlife protection officers urgently required to keep the ecosystem safe from poaching and illegal encroachment. 

Funds to this appeal will also resource the rapid-response rescues and long term rehabilitation that every displaced, captive and orphaned orangutan requires, before they can be safely released into this protected habitat. 

To give a tax deductible donation to this appeal please click here. Gifts will be directed straight to: resourcing rapid response orangutan rescues, providing rehabilitation and jungle school, and safeguarding and patrolling this newly protected rainforest ecosystem. 

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