Orangutan conservation

The islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Southeast Asia are home to some of the oldest and most diverse rainforests in the world.  Orangutans and thousands of other unique species live in these forests; from the charismatic pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinos to the distinctive looking hornbills.

But orangutans and other species on these islands are being pushed to the edge of extinction as tropical rainforests are cleared.  Conversion of forest habitat for agricultural use such as oil palm plantations is the main threat to orangutans living in Borneo and Sumatra.

Only 105,000 Bornean and 6,500 and 14,600 Sumatran orangutans are thought to remain in the wild and numbers are in decline; most populations are also found outside of protected areas.  We need to work hard and quickly to save Asia’s Great Apes.

We support conservation projects fighting to protect the forest ecosystem and the many species that exist within them, working with several partners on both islands. Our major focus is on the highly important Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah State; home to the largest orangutan population in Malaysian Borneo.

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Our partners in this region, HUTAN-KOCP, approach conservation holistically, combining scientific research with protection and management of wildlife habitat. Inclusion of the local community is paramount, which is why capacity building, awareness campaigns and community outreach, as well as development projects, are foremost in the implementation of their work.

Using our staff expertise, we assist our partners in conservation activities and are actively involved in work targeting the issue of unsustainable palm oil. But the threats continue to persist, and to protect these islands and their amazing biodiversity in the future we need your help.

Latest blog posts

Bornean orangutans are officially critically endangered

Bornean orangutans are one step closer to extinction after scientists officially announce their status is now ‘Critically Endangered’ in the wild; the last step before being declared extinct in the wild...

My 1,000 Mile Marine Month for Act for Wildlife

We’d like to introduce you to Ross Edgley, one of our amazing Act for Wildlife supporters. As you can probably guess from the title of this blog, this man is going pretty far to help raise awareness and funds for our orangutan conservation work!

What's The Green Gold Conspiracy all about?

At the end of October we ventured into the world of theatre to raise awareness of the growing palm oil industry and how it’s affecting wildlife around the world.

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