M.O.M. – Missing Orangutan Mothers
This year's M.O.M. banner features orphaned orangutans Gaia (left) and Brenda (right). They are lovingly cared for by Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) at their quarantine center near Medan, Indonesia. Like hundreds of other orangutans, Gaia and Brenda were taken from their mothers as babies and experienced much trauma before being rescued by SOCP. Brenda arrived with a broken arm that required surgery to repair. Together with other babies, Gaia and Brenda are part of the Infant Group and are beginning to thrive. They attend "forest school" where they learn to climb trees, build sleeping nests, and forage for food. All this is completed under the supervision of their human caregivers, since the babies are Missing Orangutan Mothers. When not in the forest, the babies are together in their Infant House enclosure. Spending nights and parts of the day in a cage is the reality for rescued orangutans. The goal is always to get them out of cages and back to the rainforest where they belong. This is the work YOU can help support!
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT ORPHANS LIKE GAIA AND BRENDA
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What is the M.O.M. Campaign?
Mother's Day is the perfect day to celebrate and pay tribute to orangutan mothers. The M.O.M. – Missing Orangutan Mothers Campaign is our way of doing precisely that! The M.O.M. Campaign is a positive way to bring attention to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes by encouraging people to help protect them.
Orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly close relationship. Baby orangutans don't have a support network around to give them the many lessons of finding food, building nests and other survival skills. Their mothers teach them everything about survival in the forest before they set out on their own. Because of the growing demand for palm oil, though, more and more orangutan mothers are being killed every year on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
The orangutans' rainforest home is literally being wiped out to make way for oil palm plantations— leaving hundreds of helpless orangutans with nowhere to go. Some of the lucky ones end up at rescue and rehabilitation centers and are cared for by a trained, professional staff. Orangutan Outreach works with professional organizations such as the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation and International Animal Rescue (IAR) to care for nearly 1,000 orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to the forest! That's a lot of missing orangutan mothers!
This Mother's Day, we are asking zoos, sanctuaries, animal facilities, groups and INDIVIDUALS WHO LOVE ORANGUTANS all around the world to participate in our M.O.M. Campaign and hold their own virtual events to raise awareness of the increasing number of orphaned orangutans in need of support.
Join the M.O.M. Campaign!
We realize that in-person events still may not be possible this year for some organizations. The good news is that MOM events can be held in-person or virtually! If you'd like to join the campaign, please let us know. We will do our best to help you in every way possible!
We want to stress that this is not specifically a fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise awareness that orangutans have been pushed to the brink of extinction in the wild and that if we don't act now to save them, they will be extinct in less than a decade. HOWEVER, if you choose to include a fundraiser in order to make a donation or adopt an orphaned orangutan through Orangutan Outreach, we would, of course, be thrilled. (We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN: 26-0521285)
Why not raise funds to adopt an orangutan for your own institution or group? This is a great way to follow the life of an orangutan & stay involved with the tireless work being carried out at the rescue centers! You can adopt an orangutan here. Brenda, who is featured on our MOM2022 banner, can be symbolically adopted for just $15/month!
Guidelines - If you have a M.O.M. event, we ask that you please mention Orangutan Outreach and encourage your visitors to go to our website to learn more about orangutans and what can be done to help them.
Ways to Participate
- Spread awareness
- Create social media posts in the week prior to Mother's Day, and blanket social media with posts on Mother’s Day Weekend
- Hold a FaceBook Live event!
- Feel free to download and post our MOM2022 Graphics
- Include these hashtags: #MOM #MOM2022 #MissingOrangutanMothers
- PLEASE direct people to redapes.org/mom to learn more or make a donation if they wish
- Information to share in posts or fundraiser
- Orangutans are solitary except for mothers with their offspring
- The orangutan mother-child relationship is very special and important
- Orangutan babies stay with their mother 8-10 years to learn all necessary survival skills
- Orangutan mothers are killed so that babies can be taken to be sold as illegal pets
- There are thousands of orphaned orangutans who have been rescued from the illegal pet trade
- The centers caring for the orphaned orangutans need support!
- Please mention that M.O.M. is an Orangutan Outreach campaign
- Please direct people to redapes.org/mom for more information
- Use hashtags: #MOM #MOM2022 #MissingOrangutanMothers
Share the MOM Campaign Banners on Social Media
Please feel free to download the MOM banner and add it to your social media pages. All we ask in return is that you link back to our M.O.M. campaign page in your posts so viewers can learn more about the campaign. If you would like the images in higher resolution or different sizes, please contact us.
Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions about the M.O.M. Campaign, please email our Outreach Coordinator Debbie Clemens.
Orangutan Action Packs (Free Downloadable Materials!)
Great for home schooling! We have photos, flyers, info sheets, posters, games, quizzes, pictures and adoption leaflets all at your disposal. The pictures alone will tell the whole story! Everything is yours to use as you see fit! All of these full color documents and banners are yours to download and use to help raise awareness of the crisis facing wild orangutans. We will be constantly updating this section, so keep checking back. Check out the ORANGUTAN ACTION PACKS
These amazing drawings by our artist-in-residence Alina Bachmann are designed to be tattoos.
They can be temporary or permanent. Contact us if you'd like high resolution files.
Check out the M.O.M. archive to see all our previous banners and read about the faces of our M.O.M. campaign over the years...
Classic MOM Campaign Video: Baby Orangutan Bonanza!
Thank you to all our past participants!