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protecting forests


Habitat protection & reforestation

The protection of low-lying tropical forests, prime orangutan habitat, is crucial to this great ape’s survival. There are many other benefits too. It conserves thousands of unique and precious species. It preserves one of Earth’s most vital ecosystems.

The Orangutan Foundation actively protects over 500,000 acres of orangutan habitat in Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve with manned guard posts and forest patrols. 

Orangutan Foundation guard post in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

Orangutan Foundation guard post in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

The guard posts are deterrents to people entering the reserve and the park illegally and are bases from which regular patrols can be carried out. All the guard posts contain fire-fighting equipment. Forest fires are hugely destructive killing wildlife and destroying forests. The burning forests release a huge amount of carbon dioxide and are therefore a globally significant source of greenhouse gases. For these reasons, the Foundation supports the training, equipping and deployment of fire-fighting teams in areas of critical orangutan habitat. To sponsor one of our guard posts please CONTACT THE ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION.

In the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve the Orangutan Foundation has a Forest Restoration Programme, where to date over 60,000 saplings have been planted out in areas that were damaged by fires. As the forest regenerates, so will the natural ecosystem.