Orangutan Holidays

Orangutan holidays may not be at the forefront of most people’s thinking when planning their next adventure, but they definitely should be as these unique and unforgettable trips can be a life changing experience for many. The orangutan is in danger of going extinct if something is not done to help them, and on an orangutan holiday you can be part of the solution to this ongoing problem.

Borneo, home to these Great Apes, is one of the most spectacular destinations on Earth and if you choose to volunteer in this amazing country you will get to enjoy some of the best sights and sounds in the world! Borneo is home to everything from the luscious, verdant rainforests in which the orangutans live right through to the crystal clear waters that surround this island paradise. One thing is certain, and that is that you will never forget your first experience of an orangutan holiday!

Orangutans at a glance

Critically Endangered
Borneo and Sumatra

How Endangered are orangutans?

100 years ago orangutan’s numbers were steady at a healthy 230,000, but since then these Great Apes have suffered a huge decline in their population. Today numbers are around 60,600 with the two different species of orangutan both in desperate need of help. Bornean orangutans number roughly 54,000 and their Sumatran relatives a meagre 6,600, and this is a clear indication that something need to change quickly if we want to ensure these beautiful animals are around for generations to come. An orangutan holiday may not have been something you’d thought of previously, but they go a long way to helping protect the apes.

Threats orangutans are facing

The threats orangutans are facing are threefold and each is putting a sustained amount of pressure on the apes. The threats are:

  • Habitat Loss – The Bornean rainforest, home to the orangutans, is being lost at an alarming rate to make way for palm oil plantations. This puts increasing pressure on the orangutans as there is more competition for food and nesting locations, and as a result orangutans are dying.
  • The Illegal Pet Trade – Young orangutans are ripped away from their mothers and taken to become pets in Borneo itself and on occasion worldwide. Once an orangutan has been taken away from its mother it will never learn the skills required to survive in the wild and will as a result be unable to be released back into the wild.
  • Forest Fires – Farmers in Borneo use the slash and burn technique, and this often results in forest fires that soon get out of control. Orangutans and other animals can get caught up in the flames or simply lose their homes as a result of these fires.
Fast Facts
  • It is believed that humans shared a common ancestor with the Great Apes around 12-15 million years ago!
  • Orangutans share lots of things with humans, but one of the strangest similarities is that they have 32 teeth, the same number present in humans!
  • Orangutans are deep and methodical thinkers, and will take their time when approaching potentially complicated tasks. A good example is when the Great Apes witnessed local villagers untie a boat and take it downstream. Later, once the boat was tied up by the villagers, the orangutans decided to copy what they had earlier seen and take the boat for a ride!

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