MOM – Missing Orangutan Mothers
2019 Poster Pair
2018 Poster Pair
This year's MOM banner features first-time mother Ebol and her beautiful baby girl Eden. They are living in BOS Nyaru Menteng's Batikap Release Forest, which is located deep in the Heart of Borneo. The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has released more than 100 rehabilitated orangutans into the protected forest over the last few years and these rehabilitated orangutans are now having babies of their own. Read more about the release program here. These rehabilitated orangutans are creating a new, wild orangutan population.
In 2012, when she was 7 years old, Ebol was released with her own mother, "Mama Ebol". At that time the post-release monitoring team assumed Mama and daughter would stay together. But Mama Ebol had other ideas and was very happy to leave Ebol to her own devices. After a few stumbling blocks, Ebol proved she could take care of herself and in the last 5 years she has gone from strength to strength. She is now all grown up and recently had a baby of her own.... appropriately named Eden. Read more about Ebol and Eden here.
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What is the MOM Campaign?
Mother's Day is the perfect day to celebrate and pay tribute to orangutan mothers. The MOM – Missing Orangutan Mothers Campaign is our way of doing precisely that! The MOM 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 Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) to care for more than 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 all around the world to participate in our MOM Campaign and hold their own events. These events can be as elaborate or as simple as you'd like. It's up to you!
These amazing drawings by our artist-in-residence Alina Bachmann are designed to be tattoos.
Stay tuned for a list of this year's participants. Here's who joined the campaign in 2016:
Join the MOM Campaign!
If you'd like to participate in our Mother's Day event, please let us know. We will do our best to help you in every way possible.
We want to stress that this 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 a collection jar is put out or you choose to include a fundraiser in order to make a donation or adopt an orphan orangutan through Orangutan Outreach, we would, of course, be thrilled. (We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.) 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!
Guidelines - If you have a MOM 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. We also ask that whenever possible you please mention the projects and groups we support, such as IAR Ketapang and BOS Nyaru Menteng, SOCP, COP and OIC.
We would love for zoo visitors to feel inspired so that they go home, log onto our website and adopt an orangutan! But there are no obligations or expectations. This is primarily an attempt to raise much needed awareness.
Questions or Comments?
Orangutan Action Packs (Free Downloadable Materials!)
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
MOM Campaign Video: Baby Orangutan Bonanza!
View the MOM archive to see previous banners.
Lots more information, display files and event ideas can be downloaded at Orangutan Aware.
The 2012 MOM Campaign was dedicated to a very special baby named Luna. This precious angel 'disappeared' under very suspicious circumstances from her rescue center in 2011... Luna shall remain in our hearts forever. We will never forget her.
Learn more about the tragic loss of Baby Luna.