The Orangutan Foundation is currently protecting an area of 463,000 hectares of land in Central Kalimantan, as well as conducting research.
Part of the protected land covers Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, which is one of the few places in the world where orangutans can be released back into the wild after having lost their forest homes to illegal logging or mining, oil-palm expansion and forest fire.
The foundation has reintroduced more than 325 orangutans into the wild. From these, there have been over 65 infants born into the reserve.
As orangutans have a birth interval of eight years it is extremely difficult to rebuild a diminishing population, which is why the Orangutan Foundation says it is “all the more special” to know it is establishing a viable orangutan population.
Orangutans rescued as orphans and too young to be immediately released into the reserve go into a ‘soft-release’ programme where they learn to climb trees, build nests and forage for fruit within real rainforest habitat, while returning to the safety of camp at night.
Find out more at orangutan.org