We’re raising urgent funds to protect Borneo’s displaced orangutans, provide the rehabilitation and care they desperately need and to safeguard their remaining forest.
Young, orphaned orangutans are facing yet another battle. As the COVID-19 pandemic surges through Indonesia, hundreds of rescued orangutans are at risk, as food and medicine prices soar, and become increasingly difficult to access.
It’s very important that the people living in and around forest ecosystems are empowered to protect their local environment to provide clean air, water and earth and to sustain forests, rivers and oceans. Protecting and restoring all these elements is vital for community development and stability.
We are urgently raising funds to assist our partners carry out daily patrols of fire-prone ecosystems, including the Sebangau Forest in Central Kalimantan, home to the largest population of Bornean orangutans in the world.
They’ve been getting away with it because it has always been extremely difficult to repatriate stolen orangutans from overseas.
Over 80% of orangutans live in unprotected forests. This puts them at an even greater risk of extinction because their forest habitat can be converted to plantations, logging concessions, mining and other agriculture.
Fire has just wiped out thousands of hectares of native forest in Indonesia.
The Orangutan Project funds orangutan rescue teams in Sumatra and Borneo that are highly trained and skilled at relocating wild orangutans in high-risk situations into protected forest habitat.
Could you commit to protecting a vital piece of this precious habitat for just a small monthly amount?
Illegal plantations and encroachment are a huge threat for orangutan forest, even in protected areas. The Orangutan Project supports organisations that have reclaimed illegal plantations and chopped down thousands of oil palm trees, rubber trees and other illegal crops. These areas are then secured and restored.
A tragedy is unfolding for Sumatra’s orangutans. With more the 80% of the island’s natural rainforests gone, Critically Endangered orangutans are fighting for their very existence and they urgently need our help to turn that around.
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