Orangutan Foundation

Through our unbeatable volunteer programme, you will experience hands-on conservation work, and see the endangered orangutan in its natural habitat.

About the Project

Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organization working actively across the range of both orangutan species.

Saving orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education. Our approach goes beyond that of purely protecting orangutans. It recognizes that orangutans are essential to their habitat, which is unique in its rich biodiversity and is crucial for local communities, who are as dependent on the forest as the orangutans.

The Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme was established in 2000 in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Our programme is like no other and promises exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals. Volunteers will participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference, whilst getting a chance to see ex-captive and wild orangutans in their natural habitat. It has never failed to be a success; not only does it provide the Foundation with a base of committed supporters, but past volunteers all agree that taking part was an unforgettable and amazing experience.

Social Impact

The contributions our volunteers make to local communities depend on the needs of our field operations at the time. Volunteers have worked in TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK (ex-orangutan release site), the LAMANDAU WILDLIFE RESERVE (current release site) and BELANTIKAN, home to the largest remaining population of orangutans in an unprotected area. Past projects have included the construction of Guard Posts, an orangutan release site, and building dams to supply villagers with clean drinking water.

NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
1990
Contact Person
Rowan Sharp
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