Only 1 out of 6 orphans are lucky enough to be rescued - over 1,000 orphaned orangutans are living in rescue and rehabilitation centres. Care of these infants is costly and requires 24hr staff, veterinary, and nurse care to ensure they are in a healthy condition and have the best chance of returning to life in the wild.
All adoption money goes directly to helping orphans at the care centres we support and providing opportunities for a safe return to protected forests.
We are in regular contact with the staff at the centres and our team visits regularly to get updates on the orphaned infants to see how they are progressing. For a small monthly sum you can make a real difference and help these orphaned orangutans survive.
Orangutan adoptions are tax deductible in Australia and the USA.
We will email you quarterly updates, which will also be available on our website, and you can check out their Jungle School progress through our regular social media posts.
By adopting an orangutan you are providing:
The Orangutan Project supports our ground partners to rescue stolen, displaced and injured orangutans and provide them with care and rehabilitation at our funded rescue centres across Indonesia.
Most of these orangutans are very young, and have often witnessed the brutal killings of their mothers before being sold on by the illegal pet trade.
These young orangutans are usually kept in horrific conditions and when they are found, are often highly traumatised, malnourished, and sick. Once they’re rescued, these vulnerable orphans undergo a full medical check and quarantine period. Many of the orangutans are very young and require 24-hour care, nurturing, and regular milk feeds.
After the orangutans have completed their quarantine period, they can take part in forest school where they develop the skills they need for release into the forest. Young orangutans would normally spend many years learning these skills from their mothers in the forest, so this rehabilitation journey is a slow process.
Caring for these orphaned orangutans for many years is expensive; however, nothing is more heart-warming than seeing an orangutan return to their true jungle home after having overcome so much. When you join our Adoption Program you’ll be helping orphaned orangutans regain their strength, hope, and freedom.
Once you adopt an orangutan, we will email you adoption updates and photographs in April and October. Our adopters love to see how their adopted orangutan is progressing on their rehabilitation journey.
Due to the extensive costs involved with the care, rehabilitation, and post-release monitoring, these orangutans are available for adoption by multiple people. This ensures that the orangutans and others at the care centres receive the best possible care and forest school training to help them once again live free as wild orangutans. Our adopters embrace this and love being part of our adoption family to help these youngsters on their journey back to the forest.
Thank you so much to all of Dora’s adopters for helping her to find her jungle freedom.
The 6th October 2016 marked the day when seven-year-old-Dora and her good friend nine-year-old-Suna left their night enclosure for good. Dora has been at Bukit Tigapuluh forest school for five years and has developed her forest survival skills by learning from other orangutans such as Jeky Chan and also exploring on her own. We are so pleased to share with you the news that Dora and Suna have been released into the Bukit Tigapuluh jungle in Sumatra. TOP has funded this release site and its protection for many years.
We need people like you to help us achieve our goals. Join us by adopting, donating and campaigning for action.