Over 100,000 wild Bornean orangutans have been lost between 1999 and 2015.
There are three species of orangutan – the Sumatran, Tapanuli and Bornean. Orangutans used to roam as far north as southern China, and as far south as the Indonesian island of Java. Today they’re only found on two islands – Sumatra and Borneo.
YOUR ADOPTION REALLY HELPS
Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects to monitor orangutans in Borneo and help create protected areas of rainforest but also fund our other vital work around the world.
PROTECT THESE INCREDIBLE ANIMALS AND RECEIVE:
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Conversion of forests to palm oil plantations is the biggest cause of habitat loss for orangutans. Road development, illegal logging and mining also impact it.
Peat swamp forests that are home to high densities of orangutans are often targeted for oil palm plantations. Palm oil is found in around 50% of products in your supermarket.
HUMAN ORANGUTAN CONFLICT
Up to 3,000 Bornean orangutans are thought to be killed each year due to hunting, conflict in agricultural areas and the illegal pet trade.
ILLEGAL PET TRADE
Young orangutans up to the age of seven are sought after for the illegal pet trade.
We’re working to identify and restore wildlife corridors between protected areas. This will reconnect previously fragmented orangutan habitat so there will be large blocks of interconnected forests.
We're also promoting the production and use of sustainable palm oil. We helped set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which is working to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm.
Your adoption and support will help us:
- Monitor orangutan populations and establish “corridors” to reconnect isolated orangutan populations
- Create and extend protected areas of rainforest, and restore forests degraded by forest fires and logging
- Support sustainable timber production
- Promote the buying and use of sustainable palm oil to manufacturers and consumers
- fund our other essential work around the world