Adopt a orang-utan

Within the last decade alone, orang-utan numbers have fallen by between 30 and 50%.

There are two species of orang-utan – the Bornean and the Sumatran. Orang-utans 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.

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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor orang-utan movement and reduce human-orang-utan conflict.

Protect these incredible animals and receive:

Cuddly orangutan toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My orang-utans magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Orang-utans magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

Give a gift that will help protect the future of orang-utans and their habitats


Map of Snow leopards range

Orang-utans spend a lot of time alone but have loose relationships with other orang-utans in their community. They spend most of their lives in trees, where their long, strong arms help them swing through the forest canopy and hang from branches as they eat their favorite food – fruit.

Threats

50%declinein 60 years

Illegal pet trade

Young orang-utans up to the age of seven are sought after for the illegal pet trade.

Orangutan silhouette

Agriculture

A large number of wild orang-utans live outside of protected areas. Over the past 20 years, more than 80% of the orang-utan’s habitat in Borneo and Sumatra has been lost to agricultural conversion

Human silhouette

Palm oil

Peat swamp forests that are home to high densities of orang-utans are often targeted for oil palm plantations.

98%Indonesia's rainforestslost by 2022

Habitat loss

Road development, illegal timber harvesting and unsustainable logging, mining and human encroachment also result in habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.


How we can help

We’re working with Borneo’s governments to conserve an area of forest known as the Heart of Borneo, through a network of protected and sustainably-managed areas where hunting and illegal logging are prohibited.

We’re also working to identify and restore wildlife corridors between protected areas. This will reconnect previously fragmented orang-utan habitat so there will be large blocks of interconnected forests.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • achieve pan-governmental agreement to conserve the Heart of Borneo
  • create and extend protected areas of rainforest
  • enforce existing restrictions on the trade in live orang-utans and products such as palm oil
  • promote sustainable use of natural resources
  • enable local communities to manage protected areas
  • fund our other essential work around the world

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • achieve pan-governmental agreement to conserve the Heart of Borneo
  • create and extend protected areas of rainforest
  • enforce existing restrictions on the trade in live orang-utans and products such as palm oil
  • promote sustainable use of natural resources
  • enable local communities to manage protected areas
  • fund our other essential work around the world

An orang-utan’s arms are longer than its legs, reaching its ankles when it stands.


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