February E-News

Welcome to our February e-news bringing you news of our work to conserve the critically endangered orangutan and its forest habitat.

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ORANGUTANS

Veterinary treatment and monitoring of orangutans

Orangutan Foundation’s vet, Dr Dimas Yuzrifar and our Reintroduction Manager, Pak Azhari, visit our post-release orangutan monitoring camps, in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo, on a weekly basis to check up on the orangutans. This month, they had an unexpected encounter… Read more on our blog.

Young orphaned orangutans, Nyunyu (left) and Mona (right).

Young orphaned orangutans, Nyunyu (left) and Mona (right).

FORESTS

Provision of technology training for forest protection

Collaboration with our local partners is fundamental to the success of our conservation programmes in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Orangutan Foundation were honoured to be asked to provide GPS training for the Indonesian Rapid Reaction Team of the Regional Disaster Management Agency, BPBD. In 2018, we worked closely with the Rapid Reaction Team to co-ordinate a response to tackle forest fires when helicopters were used to water bomb and prevent the spread of fires into the critical orangutan habitats of Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

Orangutan Foundation’s GIS Technician, Iqbal Tawakkal (middle, wearing white shirt) providing training for Rapid Reaction Team.

Orangutan Foundation’s GIS Technician, Iqbal Tawakkal (middle, wearing white shirt) providing training for Rapid Reaction Team.

PEOPLE

Taking action against plastic

Indonesia is the world's second largest contributor of plastics to the oceans. Plastic waste is a major environmental problem. Orangutan Foundation joined other local NGO’s on 21st February, National Waste Care Day (Hari Penduli Sampah Nasional), to highlight the issue to the Indonesian public. We are urging businesses and people to stop using plastics, especially single-use packaging, straws and shopping bags

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January E-News

Welcome to our January e-news bringing you news of our work to conserve the critically endangered orangutan and its forest habitat.

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ORANGUTANS

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Excellent recovery by orangutan Adib

Orangutan Foundation vet, Dr Dimas, has kept a close eye on the healing of Abid’s broken arm.  Two-year-old orangutan Adib fractured his arm on 16th December after he fell from a tree. Read more our blog.


FORESTS

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Our network of guard posts in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve and Tanjung Puting National Park are crucial in preventing illegal activities and deforestation. Staff patrol a 5km radius from the guard post. Conservation drones are used to monitor a much wider area. In the last two months only one case of illegal logging was detected. Maintaining this visible presence on the ground is essential to protecting orangutan habitat.

Find our about agro-forestry by reading our blog below.

We are working with villages on the border of the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve (Indonesian Borneo) to improve livelihoods and local forest sustainability. Read more here


PEOPLE

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In December and January, Orangutan Foundation welcomed the involvement of local high school students from Pangkalan Bun. In partnership with Tanjung Puting National Park we hosted and ran a series of activities for 70 students at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station.  Students from Gadjah Mada University travelled to one of our guard posts in the South of the park to learn about peat swamp forests and wildlife monitoring and survey techniques.


Thank you for your continued support of our work towards a future for orangutans, forests and people.

Orangutan Foundation in 2018 - A year of achievements & challenges.

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A BIG thank you!

Thank you to everyone who had their donation matched during the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Our £20,000 target, was reached in just two days, and has raised vital funds to protect forests, home to over 4,600 critically endangered orangutans.

Thank you for generously responding to our Habitat Protection Appeal launched in March, which raised over £50,000.

Thank you for your continued support, we cannot do this without you.

As the year comes to an end, we want to take this opportunity to let you know how your support is making a difference.

ORANGUTANS

Our Indonesian vet and field assistants monitor the reintroduced orangutans in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve and provide care for the young orangutans in our soft-release programme.

Our Indonesian vet and field assistants monitor the reintroduced orangutans in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve and provide care for the young orangutans in our soft-release programme.

We are actively protecting two viable and healthy orangutan populations and the recent wild births of Happy born to Hola and Monti born to Max, in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, provides evidence for this.

We are actively protecting two viable and healthy orangutan populations and the recent wild births of Happy born to Hola and Monti born to Max, in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, provides evidence for this.

We work to ensure orangutans stay in the wild. When essential our rescue team will rescue and translocate wild orangutans to safety.

We work to ensure orangutans stay in the wild. When essential our rescue team will rescue and translocate wild orangutans to safety.

Sadly, blind orangutan Aan, can never live back in the wild due to injuries sustained from being shot at over 100 times. Our staff provide Aan with the best life possible, with ropes and browse in her enclosure.

Sadly, blind orangutan Aan, can never live back in the wild due to injuries sustained from being shot at over 100 times. Our staff provide Aan with the best life possible, with ropes and browse in her enclosure.

We are making a difference where it really counts. In August, we organised a weekend of festivities to celebrate World Orangutan Day in the city of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan Indonesian Borneo.

Forests

In February and March, our staff, with the wildlife department and fire-fighting units, extinguished raging fires threatening the wildlife reserve.

In February and March, our staff, with the wildlife department and fire-fighting units, extinguished raging fires threatening the wildlife reserve.

In February and March, our staff, with the wildlife department and fire-fighting units, extinguished raging fires threatening the wildlife reserve.

In February and March, our staff, with the wildlife department and fire-fighting units, extinguished raging fires threatening the wildlife reserve.

In May, after our guard post staff found illegal mining, a joint patrol with the government wildlife department and Special Responsive Police Forest Task Force cleared the site and confiscated mining equipment

In May, after our guard post staff found illegal mining, a joint patrol with the government wildlife department and Special Responsive Police Forest Task Force cleared the site and confiscated mining equipment

This glimpse of a clouded leopard, shows just one of the incredible but threatened species we study at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station, Tanjung Puting National Park.

This glimpse of a clouded leopard, shows just one of the incredible but threatened species we study at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station, Tanjung Puting National Park.

People

In 2018, we have been running a socialisation campaign aimed at local farming communities, to increase awareness about orangutans, to reduce the numbers being injured or killed. This month we handed out calendars with a clear message about how to avoid conflicts with wildlife.

In 2018, we have been running a socialisation campaign aimed at local farming communities, to increase awareness about orangutans, to reduce the numbers being injured or killed. This month we handed out calendars with a clear message about how to avoid conflicts with wildlife.

To reduce pressure on forests cleared for agriculture, we work closely with rural villages. At the request of a local woman’s group we have helped with training to use fruit from mangroves to make jam.

To reduce pressure on forests cleared for agriculture, we work closely with rural villages. At the request of a local woman’s group we have helped with training to use fruit from mangroves to make jam.

We are also supporting the establishment of agro-forest demonstration plots, which provide an alternative to clearing land to grow oil-palm.

We are also supporting the establishment of agro-forest demonstration plots, which provide an alternative to clearing land to grow oil-palm.

For the 18th year running, we welcomed a group of enthusiastic volunteers from around the world. This year they renovated one of the guard posts protecting the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

For the 18th year running, we welcomed a group of enthusiastic volunteers from around the world. This year they renovated one of the guard posts protecting the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

We are proud of what we have achieved this year, but we know the challenge that lies ahead - the real and ongoing threat of habitat loss.

Please continue to support us in 2019 and beyond.  We and you do make a difference.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful festive season,

Orangutan Foundation

October News

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GET INVOLVED. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Orangutan Caring Week - 11th to 17th November

Orange for Orangutan Day - Wednesday 14th November

Bake cakes, dye your hair, throw a party, #GoOrange at work, school or at your sports club. We’ve teamed up with artist James Blinkhorn from Vermilion Art Gallery. James will be donating a limited-edition print of his painting 'The Young Philosopher' to the supporter who raises the most funds during Orangutan Caring Week.

YOUR DONATION DOUBLED TO KEEP FORESTS STANDING 

 Save the date: 27th November – 4th December

The Big Give Christmas Challenge will match your donation to Orangutan Foundation starting midday on 27th November. If you are planning on making a donation or have raised funds from Orangutan Caring Week, why not save it and donate via the Big Give, giving it twice the value!

 Talk at Kew Gardens.

Saving The Orangutan's World

by Ashley Leiman OBE, Orangutan Foundation founder & director.

Kew Gardens. Monday 19th November. Arrive by 5.45pm. £2.50, cash on the door. more information from Kew’s website.

 Support orangutans with your Christmas shopping!

With Christmas approaching why not visit our shop and buy gifts that help orangutans.