Volunteer with Orangutans

To play your part in helping to save these endangered Great Apes, volunteer with orangutans in Borneo for a chance to aid the rehabilitation and release of our closest relative. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra or at a number of orangutan sanctuaries throughout Borneo.The most arboreal of the great apes, there are sadly now thought to be less than 6,600 orangutans left within the island of Sumatra, and less than 54,000 in Malaysian Borneo.

They remain critically endangered and much of the orangutan volunteer programmes we offer at The Great Projects strive to help counteract this issue and help to rescue and rehabilitate these magnificent apes. We currently offer six fantastic orangutan projects designed to assist in all parts or the rehabilitation and release process, and your work as an orangutan volunteer is essential in the overall goal of increasing numbers across both regions.

orangutans at a glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Critically Endangered
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
60,600
ENDEMIC REGION
Borneo and Sumatra

How endangered are orangutans

Both the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutan are considered critically endangered by the IUCN and this status looks unlikely to change any time soon. 100 years ago orangutan numbers were estimated to be around the 230,000 mark, but nowadays that number has dropped dramatically. There are only thought to be 54,000 Bornean orangutans left, and a tiny 6,600 Sumatran orangutans remaining. With the population suffering from a 75% drop in just 100 years, the rate of decline is unsustainable and the orangutans are in grave danger of ceasing to exist. That is why change needs to happen and it needs to happen soon.

Threats Orangutans are facing

The orangutan used to be free to roam its almost impenetrable forest home without fear, but now things have changed and it is facing danger from multiple angles. These include:

  • Habitat Loss – Huge amounts of the forest the orangutans once called home has been chopped down to make way for palm oil plantations and this has had a huge effect on the Great Ape.
  • The Illegal Pet Trade – Young babies are taken away from their mothers to become part of this vile trade.
  • Forest Fires – As recently as 2015 a huge forest fire decimated the forest in which the orangutans live.
Fast Facts
  • Orangutans will build a new nest every single night!
  • Orangutans have opposable thumbs just like we do!
  • They have been seen using tools in the wild such as smashing rocks into hard to pierce fruit!

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Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Australian Office
The Great Projects,
39 Cairngorm Street,
Carrara, 4211
Australia

T: +61(0) 755020457