Orangutans are critically endangered in the wild. They're losing habitat faster than ever as oil palm and timber companies continue to destroy the forests of Borneo and Sumatra. The number of orphaned and displaced orangutans continues to rise— along with the costs to care for them.

We invite you to join the growing number of zoos, sanctuaries, and animal facilities supporting Orangutan Outreach to raise funds and promote public awareness of orangutan conservation efforts.

2016 MOM participants

Orangutan Outreach works with partner organizations across Indonesia to protect orangutans in their native habitat while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be safely returned to the forest. We are committed to the RESCUE, REHABILITATION, RELEASE, and RETIREMENT of Bornean and Sumatran orangutans in Indonesia. We invite you to join forces with us.

Collaboration with Orangutan Outreach provides many benefits:

  • By supporting Orangutan Outreach, you are easily supporting established NGOs in Borneo and Sumatra
  • Donations sent to NGOs through Orangutan Outreach carry no international transaction fee
  • Orangutan Outreach verifies ethical practices and tracks NGO use of donations
  • Orangutan Outreach can provide zoos with reports and updates on each NGO’s progress
  • You will have access to Orangutan Outreach educational materials and assistance as you create messaging
  • Recognition on Orangutan Outreach social media channels and in public presentations
  • Supporting Orangutan Outreach is great for small zoos that don’t have international connections

No Orangutans? No Problem!

There is no reason for your conservation efforts to be limited to the species at your zoo! Collaboration with Orangutan Outreach is great for zoos that are not home to orangutans and therefore may not have staff with orangutan expertise. We can help you connect your conservation priorities to orangutans and the rainforest.

Easy Ways to Support Orangutan Conservation

Monetary Contributions

Online orangutan adoptions
• Great for individuals, departments, keeper groups, volunteer groups

One-time or recurring donations
• Earmark money from your Zoo Conservation Fund, Quarters for Conservation, Special Events, or other creative fundraisers... such as Run for the Redheads, Grapes for Apes or Ales for Apes! Contact Orangutan Outreach for more information.

Join our M.O.M. Campaign

M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers

We created our annual Mother’s Day event in 2007 in order to spread awareness of the importance of the orangutan mother-child relationship and bring attention to the number of orphaned and displaced orangutans being cared for in rescue centers in Indonesia. This is an awareness campaign and not necessarily about fundraising. Learn more about M.O.M.
Contact our M.O.M. Chairperson Holly Draluck for ideas. email hidden; JavaScript is required

Invite Orangutan Outreach to your Zoo

Our knowledgeable staff is available for:

  • M.O.M. events
  • Ape Awareness Weekend
  • Orangutan Caring Week
  • Guest Speaker Series
  • Orangutan Conservation Presentations
  • Palm Oil Workshops
  • Special Events, Expos, and Fundraisers
  • Consultation on Educational Programs, Interpretation, and Messaging

Contact Outreach Coordinator Debbie Clemens to schedule. email hidden; JavaScript is required


The Oregon Zoo is working with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to better care for and help in the release of orangutans through a comprehensive training program. Armed with the experience and expertise, OZ/BOS are planning to expand this collaboration with involvement and support from other facilities with the support of the Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP). The team will work with a range of age groups, from unreleasable adult orangutans, to younger orangutans who may one day be released back to the forest. They need our assistance to have a lasting impact on the individuals being cared for in sanctuary, as well as help to ensure the future of the species in the wild.

Each trip will consist of a team of three or four, a keeper from the Oregon Zoo, a keeper from another facility, and Training Consultant, Barbara Heidenreich. Oregon Zoo is planning 2 trips a year, and each outing will last three weeks. This also includes a mandatory in-country quarantine period. You must have good communication skills and the ability to work in a dynamic and challenging setting as a group. You must also have experience working with great apes.

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