New Orangutan Enclosures

Fundraising target $20,000

Fundraising $20,000 will provide enough funds to build a new enclosure for orphan orangutans at one of the care centres supported by The Orangutan Project:

BATU MBELIN ORANGUTAN QUARANTINE CENTRE

North Sumatra, Indonesia

Batu Mbelin is the only quarantine and care centre for the Sumatran orangutan. It is located near Medan in North Sumatra and was opened in 2002. Illegally held orangutans confiscated in Sumatra are taken to the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Quarantine Centre. Many have been kept as pets or have been injured by palm oil plantation workers.

Orangutans are given a full medical check upon arrival and treated for any illnesses and parasites. They undergo a quarantine period before being introduced to other compatible orangutans. When orangutans are deemed suitable for release they are either sent to the Bukit Tigapuluh release site in the province of Jambi or to the Jantho Reintroduction centre in the province of Aceh. TOP has assisted with running costs of Batu Mbelin for many years.

IAR ORANGUTAN RESCUE CENTRE

West Kalimantan, Indonesia

International Animal Rescue (IAR) signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2009 with the Forestry Department in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, agreeing on plans for the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of orangutans that have lost their forest habitat to make way for oil palm plantations. The agreement allows for the purchase of land and the creation of facilities where the rescued orangutans can be rehabilitated before being released back into protected areas of forest. TOP has assisted with running costs of a rescue centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan and the purchase of land.

NYARU MENTENG CARE CENTRE

Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project is situated 28km outside of Palangkaraya, the capital of Central Kalimantan. It is located within the boundaries of the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, a 62.5 ha lowland peat-swamp forest ecosystem, founded in 1988 by the Ministry of Forestry Regional office of Central Kalimantan. The project aims to rescue orangutans that have been displaced from their habitat or held in captivity as illegal pets, and through quarantine and halfway housing release the orangutans back into their natural environment. TOP funding assists with the running costs of the centre and surveys for appropriate release sites.

ORANGUTAN CARE AND QUARANTINE CENTRE (OCCQ)

Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

This care centre was established in 1998 for confiscated ex-captive orangutans needing medical and other care in preparation for release into the wild. The OCCQ now holds over 300 orangutans and employs over 130 local staff including numerous veterinarians. The OCCQ enables Indonesian wildlife officers, police, Orangutan Foundation International staff and concerned individuals to bring confiscated, sick and injured orangutans (including wild orangutans) to a facility in Central Kalimantan capable of providing a very high standard of medical care. Young orangutans are trained in preparation for release into the wild.

Pledge for our primates and secure hope for their future!

We would like you to come to understand that the habitat of the orangutan, the tropical rain forest, is vital to not only orangutans but to other wildlife and to all of us on this planet. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. We want to inform citizens in our own communities of this connection and continue to enlighten local people in areas near orangutan habitat.