Orangutans were once widespread across south east Asia, but today they are only found in fragmented sub-populations on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.
In recent times, these orangutans have been increasingly threatened by a variety of issues and their numbers have severely declined.
Born Free funds the crucially important work of the Orangutan Foundation – an initiative that works to conserve wild orangutans and their habitat in the forests of Borneo.
In Tanjung Puting National Park, the Orangutan Foundation protects the globally important forest ecosystem by operating several guard posts and routine patrols to reduce illegal poaching. While at Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, the Orangutan Foundation supports the release of rescued and rehabilitated orangutans back into the wild.
Our funding supports the vital work of the Orangutan Foundation in Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo. The Orangutan Foundation addresses many of the threats faced by orangutan populations, from protecting them from poachers to safeguarding and regenerating their forest habitat and promoting co-existence with local communities.
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LOCATION: Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
GOAL: To protect wild orangutans from poachers and safeguard their forest habitat from further degradation
ACTIONS: Born Free supports the Orangutan Foundation, an organisation that has been working hard for over two decades to protect critical orangutan habitat in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo
The Orangutan Foundation’s work includes:
Orangutans were once widespread across south east Asia, but today they are found on only two islands: Borneo and Sumatra. They are coming increasingly under threat from habitat loss, due to mining, logging, and palm oil development and it is estimated that 80% of their forest habitat has been lost in the past three decades. Illegal hunting is another threat: many orangutans are shot and killed, and their orphaned infants may become illegal pets.
The Orangutan Foundation has had great success in reducing the number of illegal activities in the forests of Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve by maintaining a high visible presence – guard posts have been constructed in strategic locations, daily foot patrols deter unwanted visitors, and drone surveillance also helps to monitor the forests.
Fire-fighting teams have been trained and are ready to respond to any reports of forest fires in the critical orangutan habitat. In 2016, the Orangutan Foundation planted 15,000 fire-resistant Ubar tree seedlings after forest fires destroyed 11,000 hectares of the Lamandau Wildlife reserve. Slowly, the forest is regenerating, species are returning and the natural ecosystem is being restored.
With such a low population of orangutans remaining, urgent efforts are needed to prevent the extinction of these Critically Endangered animals.
Please help us to support the crucial work of the Orangutan Foundation, in ensuring the survival of orangutans in the wild.
Please support this vital conservation work and ensure that orangutans are protected for years to come.
Timtom was just a baby when she was taken from her mother and illegally kept as a pet. Your adoption will help conserve wild orangutan populations.