The Orangutan Foundation is a UK registered charity working to conserve the threatened orangutan and its globally important habitat, the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra.
Since its foundation in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation has developed a diverse range of programmes. Key stakeholders who include local communities, grassroot NGO’s, local business and regional government are at the heart of the Foundation’s work. With their inclusion comes conservation success and sustainability.
Being the first organisation in the UK to raise awareness about the plight of the species, the Orangutan Foundation continues to actively engage the public, worldwide media, corporate and governmental organisations. It is on the Executive Committee of the UNEP/UNESCO GREAT APE SURVIVAL PROJECT, a member of the APE ALLIANCE (WWW.4APES.COM) and plays an active part in international networks to promote the conservation of orangutans through the protection of their tropical forest habitat.
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Orangutans are in grave danger of extinction
Orangutans are classified as two separate species. Separated geographically by islands, one is found on Borneo and the other on Sumatra. The IUCN (Redlist 2007) classify Bornean orangutans, which are divided into three sub-species, as endangered and Sumatran orangutans as critically endangered.
The Foundation actively conserves the orangutan and its habitat whilst supporting long-term research on the ecology of orangutans and other fauna and flora within their rainforest habitat.
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Tanjung Puting National Park
Tanjung Puting National Park is the largest and most diverse protected example of the extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest, which used to cover much of southern Borneo. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and it became a national park in 1982. The park has over 800 different species of plants, over 220 bird species and nine primate species including the endangered orangutan and endangered proboscis monkey.
The park is home to more than 4,000 orangutans making it one of the largest populations in Borneo. The Orangutan Foundation actively assists the national park authorities to promote and protect this globally important forest ecosystem.
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