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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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.
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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
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
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.
Illegal pet trade
Young orang-utans 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 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