Project information

Nonong’s enclosure

To create a purpose-built enclosure for partially paralysed orangutan Nonong so she can have as good a quality of life as possible as a permanent resident at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.

March 2013 - May 2013

Charity information

Orangutan Appeal UK

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  • Need


    Orangutan Nonong was progressing well in the rehabilitation process, but suffered a major setback when she was just 4 years old and contracted malaria, which subsequently became cerebral malaria. This left her paralysed in her left arm, and occasionally causes her to have mild seizures. She is now unable to be released into the wild and is a long-term resident at the clinic. When the Appeal’s founder, Sue Sheward, visited Sepilok in 2012 she found that there was a problem with Nonong’s housing.


    Providing a suitable enclosure for Nonong will give her more freedom at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and ensure the best quality of life possible for her given her limiting circumstances. A large enclosure would allow her to live comfortably, and continue to forage and climb and live as close as possible to a natural existence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To fund a new enclosure for Nonong at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre


    » Run a campaign specifically to raise funds for the project
    » Promote the project to current and potential supporters to raise the necessary funds

    Success will be...We will receive reports from our representatives based at Sepilok and report back to donors via our website and regular newsletters.

    Aim 2

    To give Nonong a quality of life at Sepilok which is as good as it can be


    » Work together with staff at Sepilok and an architect to design and build a suitable enclosure

    Success will be...As above, we will receive and communicate regular reports.

  • Impact


    The successful fulfilment of the project’s aims will improve the quality of life of an adult orangutan who desperately needs improved housing. It will also continue to demonstrate to Appeal supporters our commitment to the welfare of orangutans whatever their situation.
    Success will also be demonstrated through the reports we receive back and are able to communicate to donors and other supporters.


    If we do not raise the necessary funds the enclosure will not be built. Nonong would then continue to be moved in and out of her small enclosure daily which can be very stressful and has been known to bring on occasional seizures. Also her health could suffer if she is not carefully monitored.
    We have launched an Appeal campaign to raise funds specifically for the Nonong enclosure and are promoting it via our literature. Our resident vet also carries out regular health checks on Nonong.


    We will provide regular updates via our website and printed and electronic newsletters. Donors can also be provided with the most up to date information upon request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,691

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,421 Floor Steel works
      £9,396 Wall Steel works
      £3,540 Roof Roof structure
      £2,070 RC structure Reinforced concrete structure
      £2,020 Other structures Doors, drains, screed and tile, mobilisation
      £2,244 Fees Professional fees

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    General donors £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is the oldest such centre in the world, having been founded in 1964. It is based in Sabah, a state of Malaysia in North Borneo with a population of 3.1 million. Specifically, Sepilok is located in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of well over 4,000 hectares, much of which is virgin rainforest. Between 60 and 80 orangutans live free in the reserve.


    Clearly Nonong will be the chief beneficiary and the improvement in her quality of life will be substantial given her current limiting environment. Supporters who have met Nonong have found her very endearing and special and never forget her, so knowing that her situation has been so improved will be extremely gratifying for them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over ten years, OAUK has been raising funds for projects supporting the welfare of orangutans at Sepilok and across Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo. Its founder and staff are wholeheartedly committed to this aim. When the Appeal’s founder, Sue Sheward, visited Sepilok in 2012 and found that there was a problem with Nonong’s housing, she decided to do something about it.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sabah Wildlife Department

    Sabah Wildlife Department and Orangutan Appeal UK will work together with architect Ian Hall at all stages of the project to make it a success

    Orangutan Appeal UK

    Orangutan Appeal UK will organise fundraising for the project and work with all those involved to make it a great success.

    Ian Hall

    Chief architect for the enclosure.

Nonong's medical check

Nonong's medical check