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Please call us on 0844 736 0036 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week) if you'd prefer to take out your adoption over the phone.

Your orang-utan adoption pack:

A cuddly toy (optional)

My Orang-utans and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

Factbook, certificate, bookmarks, stickers and more

Adopt an orang-utan »

Within the last decade alone, orang-utan numbers have fallen by between 30 and 50%. Help us protect these gentle giants and their forest habitat.

How you're helping the orang-utans

  • Achieving pan-governmental agreement to conserve the Heart of Borneo
  • Creating and extending protected areas of rainforest
  • Enforcing existing restrictions on the trade in live orang-utans and products such as palm oil
  • Promoting sustainable use of natural resources
  • Enabling local communities to manage protected areas
  • Your support will also help fund our other essential work around the world
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We'll send you:

A cuddly toy (optional)

My Orang-utans and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

Factbook, certificate, bookmarks, stickers and more

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Minimum donation is €36

Last minute gift?

No problem! you can print or email a personalised gift certificate online to give on the day

More about Orang-utans

In Malay, orang means ‘person’ and utan is derived from hutan, which means ‘forest’. Therefore, orang-utan literally means ‘man of the forest.’

Location: The islands of Borneo and Sumatra

Habitat: Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Wild population: Evidence suggests that fewer than 60,000 orang-utans exist in the world today

The threats to orang-utans

  • Habitat destruction and fragmentation due to:
    • Land clearance for agriculture and conversion to palm oil plantations
    • Illegal and unsustainable logging, which also opens up previously inaccessible areas to poachers
    • Forest fires
  • Poaching and illegal trade, for both meat and as pets

How your adoption can help:

  • £60 (or £5 a month) could cover the salary of a local field worker on the orang-utan project for two weeks
  • £120 (or £10 a month) could buy five waterproof sleeping bags for WWF rangers, who are monitoring orang-utans in the Heart of Borneo


(named after a river which has its headwaters in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve)

Koyah is a young male orang-utan who lives in the northern part of Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in eastern Sabah, Borneo. He is still cared for by his mother, Ibu (which means ‘mother’ in Malay). Young orang-utans wean at around 3½ years of age, and gradually become independent of their mothers.


Minimum donation is €36

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Lion adopter
Hus Alcam, Tiger adopter
I adopted a tiger because last year I volunteered at a conservation helping tigers. I helped with research and cared for two tigers who would be released into the wild in the future. I have my WWF tiger toy in my room but this is the real thing! Hus Alcam
Tiger adopter