orangutan.org.my is a Foundation (NGO) commits for a long term Orang Utan Conservation since 2000. The foundation solely depends on donation from public to keep the continuation effort going. Imagine all the Orang Utans being wiped out in the wild!!! This sanctuary plays an important role in Orang Utan ex-situ Conservation. In China, ex-situ conservation method has been successfully adopted in Panda Conservation Program and their population is growing steadily.
Population decline of 40% in last two decades
Today, Orang Utans in Sabah and Sarawak live mainly in lowland rainforests but are also found in tropical, swamp and mountain forests. Sarawak has about 1,300 orang utans and Sabah about 11,000 individuals respectively. The population having declined by over 40% in the last 20 years.
What are the main threats? Habitat loss is by far the greatest threat to Orang Utans. More than 50% of Orang Utans are found outside of protected areas.
Along with habitat loss, young Orang Utans up to the age of seven are sought after for the illegal pet trade. When infants are targeted, usually the mother is killed.
In addition, Orang Utans are hunted in some areas for food. They are also sometimes killed when they move into agricultural areas and destroy crops.
And fire is also a major threat. In 1997-98, the drainage of peat-swamp forest contributed to uncontrollable fires, which lasted for 6 months and killed up to 8,000 Orang Utans.
All your donation will be channelled to the project supporting the upkeep of the sanctuary, fruit tree planting as a food source for the Orang Utans, medication, safety/security as the sanctuary is gated and guarded 24/7 to prevent Orang Utans from harm or theft or poaching and daily operation of the sanctuary .