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Orangutan Charities and Organisations

Helping the orphan Orangutans copyright Sandra M Dean

Helping the orphan Orangutans copyright Sandra M Dean

Charities and Organisations

 I would like to say thank you to all the charities and organisations who are supporting the Orangutan!


If I have missed anyone or you would like to tell me about your organisation or a good organisation you know, then please leave me a comment or email me at

Sumatra  – Sumatran Orangutan Society –
Their projects in Sumatra operate through the Orangutan Information Centre (SOS-OIC). They founded this organization in 2001 in collaboration with a group of dedicated Indonesian conservationists to raise awareness of environmental and orangutan conservation issues amongst local communities living in North Sumatra and Aceh.  – Conservation and fundraising for the orangutans  Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme


• Monkey World –  rescue and house Chimps, Orangutans and Bonobos, as well as smaller monkeys. Please see information on this ape centre here (link to monkey world in my zoo section). The poplular TV series ‘Monkey life’ focuses on ‘Monkey World’ Currently shown on Channel 5  in Dorset, which is an Ape rescue centre. The couple that own it research and organise the rescue of monkeys from around the World, from the pet trade, found abused in laboratories, circus tents or as photographers props. They are rehabilitated there and given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a natural environment.


BOS – Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation  on, this houses 600 Orangutans and rescues them from danger. 
Orangutan Diary , the popular BBC series on TV with Michaela Strachan (two series have been shown on the TV and the first series can be bought for your home enjoyment) is based at BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival) – the rehabilitation centre in Indonesian Borneo. I have just bought a wonderful book, part written by the founder of BOS, Willie Smits, and I would recommend buying it if you would like to learn more about this wonderful ape and it is full of fascinating photos and an outline of the torture, cruelty and death of these poor creatures – it is called ‘Thinkers of the jungle – the orangutan report’ and I got my copy from their website.  You can also adopt orangutans through them – I have adopted Ruthie, but please adopt as many as you can. 

See details, photos and how to help BOS on my page HERE

Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo – 

AND the Orangutan Appeal  They deal with rehabilitation at Sepilok – I have adopted an orangutan called Ceria with them and they send a newsletter, photo and drinks mat and keep you updated.  They still raise money on behalf of the Sabah Wildlife Deparment for Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, but they also support other projects in Borneo which try to improve the welfare of Orangutans, including work with COP, the Centre for Orangutan Protection.
They currently (as of April 2009) have three adoptive babies: Ceria (boy), Sogo-Sogo (girl) and Sen (boy).

Rasa Ria Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo – These are small baby’s receiving their first experiences – they are then sent to Sepilok to the nursery and forest schooling, until release. I have visited this wonderful place and adopted Merudu and Katie – I received a certificate and letters to tell me how the orangs are getting on – they have now moved to Sepilok and are happy there learning the next stage of nursery skills.  It is a great place to visit to see the gorgeous baby orphans – it is a sad story, but well worth it to go and support them and see how happy they are in the circumstances. You can adopt through the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort’s ‘foster a wild animal of borneo’ conservation programme.  I adopted Katie and Merudu whilst there and am happy to say that Merudu has now gone on to the next stage of her rehabilitation process, at Sepilok in Sandakan.   Their efforts are supported by the Sabah State Wildlife Department

……………………………  – information on how to help the orangutans and up to date news on what is going on with their projects in Indonesia.

Find out more about nature alert, see photos (some disturbing) and find out how to help HERE

………………………….  – Conservation and fundraising for the orangutans

WWF  – adopt an orangutan with WWF (World Wildlife Fund).  I adopted Koyah and have set up a monthy direct debit.


Other links

• The Ape Alliance is an international coalition of organisations and individuals, working for the conservation and welfare of apes –   You can find out how to help them help the orangutans, see more information about them and photos on the dedicated page  HERE  Orangutan Foundation International  Orangutan Conservancy Orangutan Health

•  Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
•  Orang Utan Republik Foundation’s Education Initiative. They work to educate Indonesians as to the value of Orangutans and their needs, plus the consequences of buying, selling or owning them. All these things, in the world of rainforest destruction, is needed in order for Indonesian people to work with, instead of against, the charities and for the Orangutans! See more information on this foundation and how to help them, including the orangutan care week held each year by clicking  HERE  

Join their Petition here –
• The great orangutan project  Centre for Orangutan Protection

Palm oil and orangutan help

·         See what Prince Charles is doing about the rainforests here:

Nature Alert (UK) – information on how to help the orangutans and up to date news on what is going on is also associated with focussing on the trade, abuse and treatment of orangutans throughout the world.
• Friends of the Earth  campaign for better environments for everyone – one of their campaigns is regarding biofuels created with palm oil – you can see two of their briefs here:
To see their dedicated page click HERE  – news on how Prince Charles tells world leaders that they must ‘strain every sinew’ to find ways to halt the destruction of forests across the world (April 2009)  – this news report shows what is going on in the supermarkets and what we are buying to further harm the orangutans (2006)


If I have missed anyone or you would like to tell me about your organisation or a good organisation you know, then please leave me a comment or email me at

If you have any news on the orangutans, palm oil status or any other issues related to orangutans or rainforest desctruction in Borneo or Sumatra, then please leave me a comment or email me at