Orangutan Protection Foundation
Orangutan Protection Foundation (OPF) is a fund-raising charity based in London (reg no. 1144267) - a dedicated team who are committed to the conservation of the orangutan and its rainforest habitat.
OPF currently raises funds in support of the incredible work undertaken in Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI).
A non-profit, and non-government funded charity, OPF relies solely on the generosity of its donors.
Orangutan Protection Foundation
225 Marsh Wall
tel: 08456 521 528
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How you can help…
SHOP WITH US
We'll be adding to the OPF merchandise page as we go forward so if you haven't found anything this time around, you might find something next time.
DONATE or ADOPT
DONATE to OPF and help save a species from extinction.
ADOPT an orangutan for yourself or as a gift for a relative, friend or loved one. Give a collective gift to a work colleague or simply mark a special occasion with a special gift.
When buying timber and paper products, ask where the wood or paper has originated from. If it has come from Indonesia or Malaysia there's a very good chance that it has contributed to the deforestation of prime orangutan habitat.
When you go shopping for everyday food items or bodycare products and cosmetics, check the labels for palm oil (also listed as Sodium Palmate or Elaeis Guineensis) and establish whether or not the palm oil is from a sustainable source.
The little differences we make collectively can become the big difference the orangutans need for survival…
Threats to the orangutan…
Orangutans share over 97% of our DNA - they are highly intelligent, emotional, expressive animals, truly worthy of their place on the planet as one of the four Great Apes.
Their numbers have plummeted significantly over the last few decades and they are now an endangered species facing the threat of extinction.
Several factors threaten their survival - the destruction of vast areas of their rainforest habitat is undoubtedly the most catastrophic for the species. An arboreal (tree-living) mammal - they spend most of their time in the canopy. Orangutans depend on the rainforest for survival and the rainforest depends on them!
Massive areas of natural rainforest habitat are destroyed to make way for oil palm (Elaeis Guineensis ) plantations, to quench the world's thirst for palm oil - better known to you and I as a type of vegetable oil!
Palm oil is found in many of the food products we buy in the supermarkets and it is also a common ingredient in bodycare products and cosmetics. Approximately 80% of the world's palm oil currently comes from Indonesia and Malaysia - two parts of the world which boast an incredibly rich biodiversity - but for how much longer?
With the availability of sustainable (good) palm oil, and with many people now wise to the damaging effects of the unsustainable oil, the tide has begun to turn a little, but there is still a long, long way to go, not least with the uphill struggle against palm oil being seen as a so-called bio fuel of the future.
When you next go shopping check product labels and get into the habit of asking questions of manufacturers.
You can learn all about palm oil on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website.
Logging wipes out huge areas of rainforest, leaving behind fragmented pockets which are too small to sustain orangutan populations, leaving them without food, shelter and the ability to survive.
The illegal pet trade and its demands for baby orangutans is also a threat to the species. A female orangutan and her baby form an exceptional bond, with the baby being totally dependent on its mother for 6-7 years. Female orangutans are incredibly protective of their young and are often killed during the struggle
to capture the baby.
There is hope…
Through the fund-raising efforts of Orangutan Protection Foundation (OPF) and the efforts of the organisations they support in Indonesian Borneo, orangutans are RESCUED, REHABILITATED, and RELEASED back into the wild.
Given a second chance of a life of freedom - this gives us all hope for the survival of this incredible species.