Adopt an Orangutan

For just 30 cents a day, you can give these orangutans a future. By choosing to become an adoptive parent of an orangutan you will be helping to ensure that he or she will have everything they need until they can be safely released back into the forest by our partners BOS, IAR, SOCP, COP & BNF. If they can't be released, you will be helping cover the costs of their care in a sanctuary.

Orangutan adoptions are US $120 per year— payable in full or in 12 monthly installments of $10.
Please Note: ADOPTIONS ARE VIRTUAL! The orangutans stay at the care centers in Borneo & Sumatra!
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Jelapat

Jelapat is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. He was confiscated from a local village in June 2016. A casualty of the catastrophic forest fires of 2015, Jelapat was being kept alongside the road in a tiny cage and was dressed up like a human baby. As is so often the case, Jelapat's 'owner' claimed to have 'found' the orangutan weak and alone by a river bank. This is obviously not the truth. A mother orangutan would never willingly abandon her infant. Jelapat is now thriving in Orangutan Jungle School... learning the skills he will need to live wild and free in the forest! See more photos of Jelapat!

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Topan

Topan is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. She was confiscated from a local village by the forestry authorities in October 2017. She was suffering from severe dehydration and malnutrition, and weighed only three and a half pounds. As is so often the case, the villagers claimed to have 'found' Topan weak and alone by a river bank. This is obviously not the truth. A mother orangutan would never willingly abandon her infant. Little Topan is now taking her first steps in BOS Baby School... See more photos of Topan!

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Gatot

Gatot is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. He was rescued in the village of Rangga Intan where a man claimed that he had found the baby alone in the forest whimpering loudly. The man said he felt bad for the baby so he took him home and kept him as a pet. To be clear, a mother orangutan will never leave her infant behind and will fight to the death to protect her baby from aggressors. So what really happened? See more photos of Gatot!

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Gracia and the Kids

Gracia is an amazing matriarch living in Sabangau Forest— home to one of the largest populations of wild orangutans on earth! She is 25+ years old and has three kids— daughters Georgia and Gretel and baby boy Gara. They are under the watchful eye of researchers from the Borneo Nature Foundation. Adoptions funds will be used for reforestation efforts in an area of the park that was completely burned during the catastrophic fires of 2015. See more photos of Gracia and the Kids!

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Molika

Molika is being cared for at the SOCP orangutan care center in Sumatra. She was confiscated in June 2018 from a small village in East Aceh by a government task force and a team from the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). Molika had reportedly been kept illegally as a pet for two years before finally being handed over to the authorities. To be clear, it is against the law to buy, sell, trade or own an orangutan in Indonesia, yet this horrific practice continues throughout regions where orangutan habitat is being destroyed and replaced by oil palm plantations. See more photos of Molika!

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Krismon

Krismon is being cared for at the SOCP orangutan rescue center in Sumatra. His mother was killed in 1997, and he was kept as a pet by a member of the Indonesian army and his family. When he was an infant, the family treated him as a human child, keeping him in the house and even taking him on family vacations. Once he began to grow, however, they placed him into a small, rusted cage, and fed him on a diet consisting mainly of rice. This is where he remained until his rescue by OIC on May 30, 2016. Many people prefer to adopt a relatively 'easy' and cute baby orangutan but we would like you to also consider the more challenging orangutans like Krismon. Please support this handsome adult male cheekpadder orangutan. See more photos of Krismon!

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Meryl

Meryl is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. She was rescued in early 2015 from a local villager who claimed he had 'found' her alone in the forest. Note: Orangutan mothers NEVER leave their babies! When the vet team arrived in the remote village, they found a tiny, sick orangutan being kept in a basket normally used for carrying produce and fire wood. Her breathing was heavy and she couldn't move her right arm because it was so swollen. The vets were not sure Meryl would survive, but they were determined to give her a fighting chance... See more photos of Meryl!

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Jumbo

Jumbo is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. Just two days after the rescue of Cinta, a van pulled up to the main gate. One of the passengers was carrying a tiny baby orangutan. He claimed to have found the baby when he was out with his hunting dogs. The dogs ran towards the mother who quickly disappeared behind the trees. The man grabbed the infant who, he claimed, she'd left behind. Orangutan mothers NEVER leave their babies! The little guy, named Jumbo, is now in BOS Baby School with his best friend Cinta. See more photos of Jumbo!

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Megaloman

Megaloman is being cared for at the SOCP orangutan rescue center in Sumatra. He's one of the youngest infants to arrive at the Baby House. He is very cute and has a warm, easygoing personality. He's quite popular among the staff due to his shock of wild hair. He gets along well with the other infants and has lots of friends. It's amazing to think that one day this handsome little guy will grow into a dominant male cheekpadder orangutan like Krismon. See more photos of Megaloman!

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Cinta

Cinta is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. While the team was busy preparing an orangutan release they received a phone call from villagers who had 'found' an infant orangutan and wanted to send her to the care center. BOS immediately coordinated with the authorities to rescue the baby and on the morning of February 14th, Valentines Day, the team set out on the four-hour journey to get her. The baby came from an area which, until recently, had been a lush forest populated by many orangutans. A palm oil company had cleared the land and destroyed the forest. The baby, named Cinta ('Love' in Indonesian), was all that remained of her extended family. See more photos of Cinta!

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Gunung

Gunung is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. One day the team got an emergency call from the local forestry department informing them that a man had found a tiny baby orangutan alone in a tree in an area called Tanjung Gunung. It's hard to say what really happened, but one thing is for sure: It is highly unlikely that 2-3 month-old baby orangutan would be alone in the forest without any sign of his mother. The little fellow was given the name “Gunung “ which means “Mountain” in Bahasa Indonesian. See more photos of Gunung!

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Pingky

Pingky is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. She was chained to a tree for 13 years-- so long that the chain was embedded into her neck and had to be surgically removed. Many people prefer to adopt a relatively 'easy' and cute baby orangutan but we would like you to also consider the more challenging orangutans like Pingky. Please support this lovely lady. She has been through so much misery, and it is time for her to learn to become an orangutan again. See more photos of Pingky!

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Rickina

Rickina is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. She was rescued in the capital city of Pontianak from a man who claimed that he had encountered a mother orangutan with the baby in the forest, and that the mother was so startled that she abandoned the baby and ran away. The man picked up the baby and in doing so apparently caused a gaping wound on her head with his machete... A mother orangutan will never leave her infant behind and will fight to the death to protect her baby from aggressors. So what really happened? See more photos and a video of Rickina!

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Monti

When she first arrived at IAR Ketapang, Monti was one of the smallest orangutans in the Baby Group. She was brought to the original transit center after an anonymous caller contacted the local Ketapang forestry officers and told them some rural people had found her all alone in the jungle, but the truth is something altogether different. Monti has grown into a lovely orangutan who always helps the new kids adjust to Forest School. See more photos of Monti!

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Oscarina

Oscarina is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. When the vet team was called to come and get a baby called Oscar, the first thing they noticed when they arrived was that 'he' was actually a 'she'! So Oscar became Oscarina! The poor little girl had a high fever, her skin was dried up and shriveled, and her hair was falling out... The professional vets and highly trained staff quickly got her on antibiotics and a proper diet. She is now getting stronger every day and her lustrous red hair is growing in beautifully! See more photos of Oscarina!

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Neng

Neng is being cared for at IAR Ketapang. We had heard stories about a female orangutan called Neng for more than two years, but had been powerless to rescue her for lack of any safe place to bring her. Neng was on a short chain, huddled in a small ball at the end of a wooden platform consisting of two small wooden planks 30 feet above the water. Her face was sunburned and we could see she was scared and severely malnourished. We learned later that her diet for the past six years had consisted of nothing but white rice and an occasional banana... See more photos of Neng!

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Luna (in loving memory)

Luna was the youngest of the group and the smallest of the bunch. With her fluffy hair, her big brown eyes and her Mona Lisa smile, she stole everyone's hearts. Our little angel "disappeared" in early April 2011 under suspicious circumstances, causing us to question the very notion of what it means to rescue an orangutan... Learn more about Luna's suspicious disappearance Funds from Luna's adoption will go toward the care of her friends at the Ketapang Orangutan Center, which is professionally managed by our partners International Animal Rescue. See more photos of Luna!

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Click to See Our Graduates

Memo - graduated

Memo is being cared for at COP Borneo. She is a beautiful 16-year-old female orangutan who has spent her entire life in captivity. Though her exact origins are unknown, it can be presumed that she was captured after her mother was murdered. Upon arrival she was given a full health check and the lab results brought very sad news: Memo was carrying hepatitis B, which she had contracted from a human. Fortunately Memo was not suffering from any of the symptoms, but the damage had been done. Memo will never be able to be released back into the wild. She is UNRELEASABLE and will need to spend the rest of her life in a sanctuary... Most people prefer to adopt a cute baby orangutan but we would like you to also consider the more challenging orangutans like Memo. Please support this lovely lady! See more photos of Memo!

Gober and the Twins - graduated

Gober is an elderly Sumatran female orangutan who went blind due to age-related cataracts. When she began raiding farmers' crops, villagers called SOCP and asked them to remove her from the site. Gober entered the SOCP quarantine center in November 2008. Kept alone at first, in 2009 she was gradually introduced to another blind orangutan, a male named Leuser. Unexpectedly, Gober fell pregnant and in February 2011 delivered healthy twins – a male and female, Ganteng (meaning “handsome”) and Ginting (a common family name from the local area). The infants thrived under Gober's expert care. In 2012, following a surgical procedure on her cataracts, Gober's sight was partially restored! Gober was released back into a secure forest at the end of December 2014. Ginting went with her but Ganteng chose to stay behind.... for now! This story had madjor media coverage worldwide, so all future updates will be for everyone to see and enjoy....

Elo - graduated

Elo is being cared for at BOS Nyaru Menteng. Before being rescued, he was being kept as a pet in a village a few hours from the Center. Elo was being treated like the village spectacle, and the little orphaned orangutan had no choice but to go along with the wishes of his "owner" who was constantly showing him off in public. Elo's luck finally turned when another villager felt sorry for him and decided to contact BOS Nyaru Menteng. See more photos and a video of Elo!

Nadya - graduated

Our beloved little Sumatran superstar Nadya passed away from malaria in July 2018. We believe she is in a better place now, once again in her mother's arms nesting in peace, high in the forest canopy, invisible to all who might do her harm. See more photos of Nadya.

Ambon - graduated

Ambon is being cared for at COP Borneo. He is a fully grown, incredibly handsome 27-year-old adult male cheekpadder orangutan. Though his exact origins are unknown, it can be presumed that he was captured many years ago after her mother was murdered. He's acclimated to humans after all this time and because he's spent so many years in a cage, he would not be able to survive in the wild. He is UNRELEASABLE and will need to spend the rest of his life in a sanctuary. We are determined to make sure Ambon receives the best possible care as long as he lives... See more photos of Ambon!

Pungky - graduated

Pungky was rescued in 2010 and cared for at IAR Ketapang. He was released by IAR into Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TBBBR) in late Spring of 2018. He is being watched by a trained post-release monitoring team and is thriving in his new forest home. See more photos of Pungky!

Kesi - graduated

Kesi

Kesi had her hand chopped off when palm oil plantation workers killed her mother with a machete. Despite her missing hand she was a top pupil in Orangutan Forest School at BOS Nyaru Menteng. Champion tree-climbing and nest-builder, Kesi was an excellent role model for newly arrived orphans. She is now living on a pre-release island and enjoying the final stage of rehabilitation before she is released back to the forest!

Mimi - graduated

Mimi was rescued in 2010 and cared for at IAR Ketapang. She was released by IAR into Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TBBBR) in early Spring of 2018. She is being watched by a trained post-release monitoring team and is thriving in her new forest home. See more photos of Mimi!

Lomon - graduated

Lomon

Lomon spent years chained up in a wooden box, and when he was rescued, he weighed only 1/3 of what he should have. Due in no small part to the love and attention lavished upon him by his caretakers at BOS Nyaru Menteng, Lomon has now gained not only the weight he needed, but also his self-confidence. He has spent the last two years living on a pre-release island. He has done well in this final stage of rehabilitation and will soon be released back into the forest!

Fio - graduated

Fio

Fio had a tragic start to life. The attempt to rescue her and her mother was only a partial success. Fio’s mother did not survive, but fortunately we were able to give Fio another chance. She gets a ton of love and support from her babysitters at BOS Nyaru Menteng and she is gaining the confidence she needs to become an independent orangutan. She will soon be moving to a pre-release island to begin her final stage of rehabilitation before she is released back to the forest!

Grendon - graduated

Grendon

Grendon, the star of the BBC's first Orangutan Diary series, steals everyone's heart. Looking remarkably like a Simpsons character, Grendon is a simply delightful little orangutan who loves to joke around with his friends. He's popular with staff and orangutans alike at BOS Nyaru Menteng. He will soon be moving to a pre-release island to begin his final stage of rehabilitation before he is released back to the forest!

Dodo - graduated

Dodo

Dodo was brought to BOS Wanariset-Samboja Lestari by Indonesian forestry officials when he was less than a year old. His mother, like so many others, had been killed when a palm oil company clearcut their forest home and converted it into an oil palm plantation. He is now in Forest School at BOS Samboja Lestari.