About

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

  • Our Approach

    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 Orangutan Project was formed with a key mission; to ensure ... Read more

  • Founder and President

    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

  • Tax Deductability & 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

  • 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

  • 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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How we are saving the orangutan

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

  • Bukit Tigapuluh Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Site.

    The Bukit Tigapuluh (BTP) ecosystem, located in the provinces of Jambi and Riau in Sumatra, is one of only two Sumatran orangutan reintroduction sites in the world. Sumatran orangutan populations are now considered Critically Endangered, and currently number less than 7% of what existed in 1900. With approximately only 6,300 ...

  • Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Centre

    In 2010, 24 hectares of land was purchased in Ketapang, West Kalimantan to build an Orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centre for orangutans that had lost their forest habitat in the province of West Kalimantan. The aim is to rehabilitate the rescued orangutans and release them into protected areas of forest.

  • SOCP Orangutan Quarantine Centre

    Batu Mbelin is the only quarantine and care centre for the Sumatran orangutan. It is run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). It is located near Medan in North Sumatra and was opened in 2002. Illegally held orangutans confiscated in Sumatra are taken to the SOCP Quarantine Centre. Many ...


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