Founded in 1990, Orangutan Foundation has a unique and diverse approach to orangutan conservation. We support all orangutan species and our work is carried out by a team of dedicated Indonesian staff.

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A future for orangutans, forests & people.

“Conservation is more than protecting a species, it is about saving nature which includes us, 'the fifth great ape'. The efforts of all of us to prevent global warming will be seen as a defining moment in history, for humanity's sake and for the health of the whole planet. Tropical forests can play a significant role in guarding against climate change”.

Ashley Leiman OBE, Founder & Director/Trustee

Mission Statement

Saving orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.

Our approach goes beyond that of purely protecting orangutans. It recognizes that orangutans are essential to their habitat, which is unique in its rich biodiversity and is crucial for local communities, who are as dependent on the forest as the orangutans.

The Foundation plays an active part in international and local networks to promote the conservation of orangutans and their habitats and is on the Executive Committee of UNEP’s GREAT APES SURVIVAL PARTNERSHIP (GRASP). Orangutan Foundation work in collaboration with:


•Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

•Ape Alliance

•Borneo Nature Foundation

•Conservation Agency for Central Kalimantan (BKSDA Kalteng)

•Tanjung Puting National Park Agency (BTNTP)

•Forum Orangutan Indonesia (FORINA)

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Officially registered in Indonesia through the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, Orangutan Foundation has MoUs that cover its activities with The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General for Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation.

For annual reports and audited accounts please visit the ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION’S PAGE AT THE CHARITY COMMISSION or contact us.

For US-based funders ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION has Equivalency Determination certification.

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Orangutan Foundation Patron

Patrick Aryee, wildlife TV presenter

The Orangutan Foundation first met Patrick Ayree when he was filming for Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family (Sky 1) in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo. Having experienced our work first-hand, as well as seeing the struggles orangutans continue to face, Patrick is the perfect advocate for orangutan conservation. We are incredibly grateful for his support as a Patron of Orangutan Foundation.


Our Board of Trustees provide expert advice and guidance that has enabled the Foundation to grow and develop into a highly respected and successful charity.

MS ASHLEY LEIMAN OBE (CHAIRPERSON) is the Director of the Orangutan Foundation, which she founded in 1990. Ashley has been actively involved in Asian conservation for over 40 years. Her initial involvement was with the Natural History Society and Conservation Society in Hong Kong. In 1985 she was on the organising committee of the New York Rainforest Alliance. After a visit to Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesian Borneo, as an Earthwatch Institute volunteer, Ashley set about establishing the Orangutan Foundation in the UK. In 2006, Ashley received an OBE for her services to orangutan conservation.

GUY SANDERS (TREASURER) is a Chartered Accountant and Treasurer who has worked with many large international companies which has given him a broad global business perspective and a particular interest in travel. He has worked for the Grosvenor Estate, (which manages the Duke of Westminster’s property estate) and Orient Express Hotels, (raising finance for hotels in Peru and Mexico and game camps in Botswana). He has an interest in wildlife and conservation and hopes to pursue this more now in his retirement, as he has more time. Guy brings a wealth of experience and a valued external business perspective to the Orangutan Foundation.

MR IAN REDMOND OBE is a tropical field biologist and conservationist known for his work with great apes and elephants. He established and chairs the Ape Alliance, a coalition of almost 100 organisations supporting great ape conservation and welfare. He served as Envoy for the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership and is an Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species. His career began in 1976 at the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda, assisting the late Dr Dian Fossey in her research and conservation work among mountain gorillas. He is the author of numerous books (including Primates of the World, The Elephant Book), articles and scientific papers and has been a consultant on and appeared in many TV and film productions, including Gorillas in the Mist. In 2006 Ian was appointed OBE for his services to conservation and he has received honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes and Roehampton Universities.

PROFESSOR JACK RIELEY is a world expert on tropical peatlands and their conservation. His research research on lowland tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia where he established the Kalimantan Tropical Peat Swamp Forest Research Programme, of which he is the Director. He has been a lead partner in a Darwin Initiative Project and three EU INCO Projects investigating the biodiversity, natural resource functions, sustainable management and restoration of tropical peatlands. In 1997, Jack Rieley and Suwido Limin (University of Palangkaraya) established CIMTROP, the Center for International Cooperation in Tropical Peatland. He is vice-president of the International Peat Society and a member of Ramsar's Coordinating Committee for Global Action on Peatlands.

MR MARCUS PHIPPS is Director of Operations for the UK registered charity TRAFFIC International, a wildlife trade monitoring network. Mr Phipps has full responsibility for the financial accountability of the TRAFFIC network as well as developing and maintaining the financial procedures that support TRAFFIC’s programmes. Prior to this role Mr Phipps was employed by TRAFFIC East Asia as Head of the East Asia -Taipei office providing policy advice on wildlife trade issues to governments in the region. From July 1990 to June 1993 Mr Phipps acted as the Asian Regional Director for Orangutan Foundation International and Executive Director of the Orangutan Foundation Taiwan overseeing the foundation’s programmes in Taiwan and co-ordinating activities with the Governments of Indonesia and Taiwan.

SIR RICHARD GOZNEY, KCMG, CVO was a British diplomat for 39 years. He served twice in Indonesia, living in Jakarta for seven years and travelling extensively. He first spent time with orangutans at the old Bohorok Station in North Sumatra in the mid-1970s, a young redhead welcomed by an orphan orangutan which locked its fingers in his hair and went to sleep, hanging down in front of his face. 25 years later he visited the Orangutan Foundation work in Central Kalimantan. On other postings he supported conservation work in Argentina, Spain, Swaziland and Nigeria. In retirement he is Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man and also supports the Manx Wildlife Trust.

RICHARD ROBINOW has been engaged in the plantation business for over forty years.  His family are the largest shareholders in R.E.A Holdings plc, a UK listed company growing oil palms in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, and are also controlling shareholders of REA Vipingo Plantations Limited, a Kenyan company growing sisal in East Africa.  They are currently establishing a new plantation project in Ambon, Indonesia, to grow abaca. His companies have been early adopters of responsible agricultural practices with R.E.A. Holdings plc being one of the few oil palm growers in Indonesia that not only maintains a substantial sustainability department but also a conservation team managing over 20,000 hectares of conservation reserves including a population of orangutans.