ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
- Published on Wednesday, 14 October 2015
What a wonderful way to start our next 25 years:
Increasing critical orangutan habitat by 8,000 hectares
Dear friends and supporters,
In October 2015, thanks to your generous and continued support over the years, the Orangutan Foundation will celebrate 25 years of achievements at the forefront of orangutan conservation in Borneo.
Our work has made a real difference on the ground:
- We have reintroduced orangutans to establish a viable population in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Central Kalimantan. More than 60 orangutan infants have been born here to reintroduced females in the past 15 years.
- We have safeguarded three critical orangutan populations from illegal logging, fires and conversion of forest to oil palm. This includes the largest wild population of orangutans outside a protected area, in Belantikan.
- We have provided alternative livelihoods for local people surrounding orangutan habitat.
To mark our 25th Anniversary, we are now launching an ambitious challenge to secure the future of 8,000 hectares of prime, critical orangutan habitat adjacent to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. This area (larger than Guernsey in the Channel Islands) would increase the size of the reserve by 15 per cent, bringing the total extent of its protected habitat to 64,000 hectares.
Lamandau Wildlife Reserve
Existing reserve (boundaries indicated by red lines)
Additional 8,000 hectares (indicated by pink cross-hatched inset)
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- Legally incorporate an additional 8,000 hectares into the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Mapping out the borders of the extension will ensure that it is recognised as a protected area.
- Establish two additional guard posts to help stop encroachment around the reserve. Without such protection, the reserve remains at risk from illegal exploitation.
- Purchase two new long boats to access and patrol the additional area. All access to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve is by river.
- Invest in fire prevention and early detection.
- Provide education and information services to local people to promote understanding of and respect for orangutans and their habitat. Forming a partnership with local communities (more than 32,000 people) will ensure the sustainability of the reserve.
We need your support to make a long-term commitment to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve by planning for the next 25 years. With your help, our vital conservation work can continue into the next quarter century.
Every donation will make a difference: both to orangutans and the tropical forest habitats that they need to survive.
Thanks to a generous supporter, you can donate to our appeal today and double your donation!
Thank you for your generous support.
Ashley Leiman OBE