Orangutan Outreach has helped endless efforts here in indonesia to help orangutans, finally a no talk but do-organization who get their facts right. Its about time others started to do so too, before its too late. Femke den Haas, Jakarta Animal Aid Network
Orangutan Outreach walks the walk. Plain and simple. The organization has a strong moral value for the orangutans in which it fights to save. The organization has fought to give orangutan orphans in need a safe and loving environment surrounded only by professionals who do what they know is right, instead of making excuses, pointing fingers, and displacing blame. These orangutans deserve nothing less. I have seen some of the negative reviews below and I question how much they actually claim to be involved and their so-called knowledge of this organization. Many highly reputable individuals have commented with glowing reviews of this organization. I, personally, can't speak highly enough about what Orangutan Outreach has truly accomplished for orangutans in need. They set a moral precedent that shows where their heart is.
Review from Guidestar
Masters in harassment, misinformation and coverups. Do not give them personal details, or expect a scientology-like campaign to follow if you donate to anyone else. A really disappointing group, totally ungrateful and nothing is ever enough.
I am not only a Donor I am a volunteer and a friend of oranguntans and Mr. Richard Zimmerman. I have been donating and raising funds for OO since their start. OO is one of the most reliable non-profit organizations working to ensure the safety, rehabilitation, love, care for wild orangutans that have been victims of pet trade, orphans whose mothers were slaughtered by palm oil, coal or other workers. I have nothing to hide an my name can appear publicly (as a difference to the ones who write lies and want to make a bad name with no reason) saying all these remarks about the quality and tranparency of Richard and Orangutan Outreach. Today I have donated money to OO and will continue to do so until I die. Great work and long live wild and captive orangutans all are important and equal individuals.
I got involved with Orangutan Outreach about 5 years ago, when I was inspired to donate to an organization after seeing Orangutan Island. I found OO, and collected checks from friends, sent them off and never expected to hear from the founder Rich Zimmerman. But within a week, I got an email and a phone call thanking me for my donation, personally. Rich and I started communicating regularly, and over the years he's kept me abreast about his endeavors, and has shared his love of the red apes with old and young alike. He's spoken for free 2 times at a local high school while visiting for a nearby conference, and has worked tirelessly around the clock without pay for 5+ years. He is a realist, and knows he is working against deep corruption and poverty. He won't paint a pretty picture, and let's face it, many Americans want the cute photos of Orangutans, but don't care to hear that their cookies are the source of their demise. But Rich is honest, cares more deeply than the majority of humans about our great apes, and he works himself to the bone to do everything in his power to better their futures.
Orangutan outreach has provided much needed support and acts with the best intentions to not only support on the ground field work to conserve and save orangutans, but is also an active advocate to ensure the correct information is spread. Watching orangutan outreach grow and provide necessary and critical support to orangutans has meant that we have a good chance to continue to protect, save and ensure steps are put in place to halt this species and it's home from becoming extinct. Without the support from orangutan outreach then we are steps behind in this effort. Keep up the wonderful, inspiring and dedicated work. Jess McKelson RWE
It is not with login in with fake names and making false accusation to Orangutan Outreach that you will get what you think you deserve! It is repulsive and childish to see the lies agains that Organisation that does all in their hands to save remaining orangutans. They do not do anything fullish or out of their ego to save like some other want to be organization. They support true people on site,..not uneducated unprofessional bored people turned to Indonesia for fame. You should be ashamed of yourself to log with fake names and continue your jealousy incited war against them. What they do is there in front of all world to see.. Hence they will get stronger and will have some people like yourself who are jealous to make everyting possible at their hands to stop the good once from doing a precious job. But this will not stop them. SHAME ON YOU!
Having known Orangutan Outreach since its inception, I can say without hesitation that this is an organisation led by integrity and passion. The support they have given orangutans has changed the lives of many of these creatures, whether in captive situations or in the wild. Negative reviews here seem to come from disgruntled donors to a questionable initiative that compels schoolchildren and young people to donate to support the promises of a man who has let down the orangutan conservation effort dramatically in recent years. Because Richard Zimmerman who directs Orangutan Outreach did due diligence on this initiative (as have my organisation, Orangutan Land Trust) and found it lacking in transparency, he has spoken out to warn donors to consider this before handing over their money. This so-called "orangutan conservation group" that he has been accused of attacking has a total of 2 orangutans in a zoo setting (having lost one and had 11 others confiscated by the authorities due to negligence). I know of no reputable orangutan conservation organisation that would either work with or endorse this group. Singling out Orangutan Outreach for having the integrity to condemn this group for failure to provide sufficient care to orangutans in their facility is nothing more than a personal attack from misguided people.
I cannot speak highly enough of Richard Zimmerman and Orangutan Outreach. The efforts of OO are far reaching and I know when I donate to them, the money is actually going to genuine orangutan conservation efforts on the ground, where it matters and where it will have the best impact. OO support other genuine NGO's in Kalimantan like Nyaru Menteng, IAR, JAAN and COP. As the Director of Orangutan Outreach I find the integrity that was displayed by Richard by severing ties with another "orangutan conservation effort" in Sintang, when a baby orangutan named Luna mysteriously "disappeared" from forest school speaks volumes about this organisation and the people behind it. To OO and Richard this was a totally unacceptable occurrence and they walked away, but not before ensuring the remainder of the orangutans in Sintang were taken to a genuine, legal rehabilitation centre (IAR) with qualified, experienced staff. I take my hat off to Richard and OO for all they have done and continue to do for orangutans.
Simon, it seems that you need to get your facts right about Orangutan Outreach. You need to learn what the organisation represents along with what all its members stand for. The real hero's of the orangutan cause can all be found on the Orangutan Outreach facebook page. Some are known and some are not. Without question, Orangutan Outreach are doing the right thing when it comes to helping the orangutans in every way possible (unlike some other people who are more interested in garnering a reputation that is not deserved due to media hype and are nothing more than legends in their own minds). Orangutan Outreach is all about total dedication and passion for the orangutan cause and doing everything that is possible to help them. International Animal Rescue are one of the most dedicated organisations in the world when it comes to helping orangutans and it's no mistake that Orangutan Outreach are working closely with them in trying to save the lives of orangutans. Do you think that you've had some sort of success in destroying the reputation of Richard Zimmerman? You are highly mistaken Simon!!!! Do something constructive and adopt an orangutan today. http://redapes.org/adopt If you have further issues with the Orangutan Outreach organisation, Richard Zimmerman, its memebers or anything else related to the orangutans, don't hesitate to drop by the Orangutan Outreach page on facebook where dialogue can be pursued.