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The Orangutan Conservancy

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Causes: Animals, Environment, Forest Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: "The worst thing that can happen will happen"is not energy depletion, economic collapse, limited nuclear war, or conquest by a totalitarian government. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired within a few generations. The process ongoing in the 1980's that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us" Edward O. Wilson Orangutans are found only in the rainforests of Borneo & Sumatra. The population of wild orangutans has declined by more than half in the last 20 years, and approximately 80% of its natural habitat has been lost in the last half century. The Orangutan Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of orangutans and their habitat through preserving the remaining orangutan populations and by promoting the changes that are needed to preserve their natural habitat. By protecting orangutans in their natural environment, most other native species, including plants, and insects will also survive. Specifically The Orangutan Conservancy carries out this mission as follows: * By providing funding to orangutan protection programs in Indonesia & Malaysia;* By providing emergency funding to help protect critical habitats of the orangutan. This includes assisting efforts to control forest fires where important populations of such animals exist or supporting other emergency activities to protect and preserve the target species of the corporation; and,* By improving public awareness of the plight of the orangutan and their habitats on Borneo and Sumatra and in the United States.

Target demographics: Orangutan and their rain forest environment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3 conservation projects in Southeast Asia in addition to managing the 2019 OVAG conference. All of this was made possible with over $62,000 awarded grants from our organization.

Geographic areas served: Borneo & Sumatra

Programs: funding and logistical support to on-the-ground to rehabilitation and care centers, research initiatives, and by hosting the annual Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group Workshop.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization since way before I was a board member. I help decide what projects we fund and we only fund the ones that are most worthy whether they be saving wild orangutans, helping ex-captives, educating future conservationists or putting on workshops for veterinarians working at the sanctuaries. We even help with fighting the periodic forest fires.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hi all! I have worked with Orangutan Conservancy since 2006 (but I did have contact with them as an organization before then). I may be biased but I think we as an organization work very hard to bring new and informed information about orangutan conservation to a variety of people in America and abroad. The majority of our funds go directly to projects in Indonesia and Malaysia. We work with veterinarians in situ as well as internationally; we have an education program for orangutan and wildlife future leaders in conservation; and, we have an open channel to virtually every project working toward orangutan longevity in country as well as out!

Dr. Raffaella Commitante

ThomasM

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have worked with the Orangutan Conservancy since 2011 and find this organization to be an open, ethical and focused group devoted to protecting orangutans and their rainforest home. OC makes every effort to put as much funding directly into the field as possible. Our approach is to employ a pragmatic broad-based methodology that is a combination of supporting research and rehabilitation-rescue projects while engaging the public through ongoing awareness campaigns, in order to help in the plight of the orangutan. With only 40,000 orangutans left in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra time is of the essence If we are going to be able to save this endangered great ape.

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