How You Can Help Save the Orangutans

How You Can Help the Oragutans

Once we have read the facts surrounding why the orangutan is an endangered species we may feel that we would like to help in some way. There are many charities and conservation organisations that are active in this regard, while those of us who cannot volunteer to physically help one of these charities may wish to make a donation of money in order to help them finance their projects. Here we take a look at some of the charities working hard to save the orangutan from extinction.

Orangutan Foundation

Orangutan Foundation

Orangutan Foundation is a UK registered charity who are working hard to ensure the survival of the orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo. Established since 1990 the charity has many projects that involve local communities and businesses in the area, while OF is also on the executive committee of the UNESCO Great Ape Survival Project.

Orangutan Foundation combine conservation programmes with community development meaning that people in the locality are not forgotten about but are encouraged to take part in order to build a mutually rewarding future for all. It is not enough to simply save the orangutans in danger but also secure them a viable future through consultation regarding

  • Protecting the environment of the orangutan and planting new forests
  • When and where to release the orangutans back into the wild
  • Education and understanding
  • Scientific Research

There are many ways we can help keep this great charity working for the future of orangutans

  • Join OF and become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Organise a fundraising activity
  • Leave a donation in your will
  • Adopt an orangutan
  • Donate money directly from your wages
  • Buy from their online shop
  • Volunteer

Those who are interested can read about Orangutan Foundation's current appeals at their website. These include the Habitat Appeal and the 20/20 Vision Appeal.

  • Orangutan Foundation
  • 7 Kent Terrace
  • London
  • NW1 4RP
  • Tele 020 7724 2912

Orangutan Appeal UK

Orangutan Appeal UK

Based in the South of England Orangutan Appeal is a UK established charity dedicated to the conservation of the habitat and future welfare of orangutans. Raising awareness through their projects Orangutan Appeal also works on behalf of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Those interested in helping Orangutan Appeal UK may adopt an orangutan, buy their 2015 appeal calendar, fund raise or leave a donation in their will. There are plenty of ways to transfer money, with even texting the amount you wish being an option, while it's also possible to create your own donation page too.

Orangutan Appeal UK has a great online shop where a great range of goods are sold in order to raise funds. Many of these items make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas. The shop features orangutan toys, hooded tops, polo shirts, calendars, birthday cards, prints and much more. The charity also operates a superb Business Partner scheme with all the relevant details available at their website.

  • Orangutan Appeal UK
  • 11 Forest Hall
  • Lyndhurst Road
  • Brockenhurst
  • Hampshire
  • SO42 7QQ
  • Tele 01590 623443

Save the Orangutan

Save the Orangutan

Save the Orangutan is striving to protect the habitat of the orangutan and hopefully stop this amazing creature becoming a thing of the past. Save the Orangutan

  • Supports the translocation of wild orangutans
  • Supports the relocation of orphaned orangutans
  • Endeavours to protect the orangutan's natural habitat
  • Replants trees in areas that have been cleared
  • Supports local people who rely on the rain forests

This great charity relies solely on donations made from supporters who wish to help save the orangutan from extinction, while those who wish to help in some way, no matter how small, may consider the following options

  • Adopt an orangutan- cost £3.00 per month
  • Sponsor an orangutan- cost £3.00 per month
  • Make a donation

Save the Orangutan can only carry on their important work with the help of those who donate in some way. Saving the orangutans habitat will not only benefit the orangutan but also will save many smaller species of animal that also rely on the rain forest for their survival.

World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund

The WWF is one of the best known international organisations that are involved in the conservation of the planet and its animals including orangutans. The WWF is striving to help in many ways such as

  • Promoting sustainable forestry
  • Conserving the orangutans habitat
  • Combating the illegal wildlife trade

The WWF along with the government of Borneo is conserving forest areas where illegal logging and hunting are outlawed. Protecting wildlife corridors is another way so that forests are connected to one another enabling orangutans to travel from one forest to the next.

WWF also promote sustainable palm oil ensuring that protected forests are kept that way. The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil was set up along with other industries by WWF. Assisting with the prevention of wildlife trade is also important to this organisation, while they work closely with TRAFFIC to enforce wildlife laws.

Other ways we can help WWF is to make a donation, adopt an orangutan and subscribe to their STOP campaign by giving £3.00 per month. Actually working for WWF may be an option for some therefore why not pay a visit to their jobs page to see if there is a position available.

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • The Living Planet Centre
  • Rufford House
  • Brewery Road
  • Woking
  • Surrey
  • GU21 4LL
  • Tele 01483 426444

Sumatran Orangutan Society

Sumatran Orangutan Society

The Sumatran Orangutan Society is dedicated to preserving the habitat of orangutans so saving them from extinction. SOS support grassroots projects, plant new trees in areas that have been decimated, aim to increase awareness and campaign tirelessly in order to raise funds to keep their projects financed.

SOS was established in 1997 and is the co-founder of the Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra. The British comedian Bill Bailey is the patron of SOS, while many companies also support the organisation by donating a portion of their sales profits.

There are many ways you can get involved with SOS including

  • Volunteering that involves campaigning and fund raising
  • Make a donation
  • Donate money to plant a tree
  • Buy a gift online such as books, DVD's, cuddly toys, pictures, cards and tickets for events.
  • Support a campaign
  • Shop online with Give as You Live

SOS also offers a comprehensive school pack that features resources to support teaching on rainforests and conservation for children between the ages of five and eleven.

Sumatran Orangutan Society

The Old Music Hall

106-108 Cowley Road



Tele 01865 403341

International Animal Rescue

International Animal Rescue

International Animal Rescue aims to rescue as many vulnerable animals worldwide as it can. This includes dogs, cats, Indian bears, macaque and of course orangutans. Animals are returned to their own natural environment as often as possible but animals that are unable to do so are given permanent homes.

International Animal Rescue aims to educate the population in how to treat animals with respect, while also working hard to persuade governments to help too. The organisation has teams in India, Indonesia and Malta who are all in close contact to their head office in the UK. So, how can we help IAR? We can donate money, buy a gift, adopt an animal or leave a legacy.

IAR are working with orangutans in West Kalimantan rescuing and caring for them in order to at some point return them to the wild. Over time their rescue site has grown due mainly to generous donations received from supporters who wish to help. Why not take a look at their interesting website to read how you may get involved?

  • International Animal Rescue
  • Lime House
  • Regency Close
  • Uckfield
  • East Sussex
  • TN22 1DS
  • Tele 01825 767688

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