Adopt a orang-utan

Orang-utans have declined by around 50% in the last 60 years.

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 in Borneo and protect their habitat.

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.


50%declinein 60 years

Habitat loss

Conversion of forests to palm oil plantations is the biggest cause of habitat loss for orang-utans. Road development, illegal logging and mining also impact it

Orangutan silhouette

Palm oil

Peat swamp forests that are home to high densities of orang-utans are often targeted for oil palm plantations. Palm oil is found in around 50% of products in your supermarket

Human silhouette

Human-orang-utan conflict

Up to 3,000 Bornean orang-utans are thought to be killed each year due to hunting, conflict in agricultural areas and the illegal pet trade.

3,000Bornean orang-utansare killed each year

Illegal pet trade

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

How we can help

We’re 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.

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:

  • create and extend protected areas of rainforest
  • promote the buying and use of sustainable palm oil to manufacturers and consumers
  • 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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