Project information

Keep released orangutans safe in the wild

Illegal logging and poaching continue to happen in Indonesia. We need to ensure that rehabilitated orangutans released back in the rainforest are kept safe.This project will raise enough money to build two ranger stations and train local people to be orangutan and forest protectors.

three months

Charity information: Orangutan Protection Foundation

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  • Need


    In the last couple of years deforestation in Indonesia doubled, reaching 2 million hectares per year. As orangutans spend all their life on the top of the tree canopy, the fast rate of deforestation directly affects their survival in the wild.

    Even protected forests are not safe from illegal logging and poaching. Good surveillance system is needed to ensure that rehabilitated and released orangutans are safe to create new wild orangutan population and secure the future of the species.


    The project will cover the cost for construction of two ranger stations that will be used as central points for surveillance of the forest.

    Local people will be employed and trained to be rangers, monitor the forest and keep safe the orangutans. Involvement of local communities will tackle human-orangutan conflict and illegal logging. As a result local people will be empowered to protect local biodiversity and re-establish the orangutan as Indonesia's keystone species.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that orangutans released back into the wild are safe to establish new wild populations.


    » Two ranger stations will be build.
    » The stations will be connected with the existing monitoring network in the forest to exchange data about the state of the forest and the orangutans.
    » Local people will be employed and trained to be rangers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be realised when rehabilitated orangutans reproduce & create a new generation, and when local illegal logging and human-orangutan contact is minimised or non-existing.

  • Impact


    Our long term aim is to re-establish the wild orangutan population in East Kalimantan. By involving local communities in the process we expect to tackle the grassroots causes of illegal logging and human-orangutan conflict and to back up with local action Indonesian government attempts to halt deforestation.
    About 300 orangutans are waiting to be released in East Kalimantan. Success is when these orangutans go back in the forest and tripled their number under the protection of local people.


    The risks are when the ranger station is not able to cover the vast forest area. We support local community`s involvement at every stage of the project to ensure that local people are informed and trained to monitor, signal and take action should any disturbance occur in the forest when the station rangers are not presented.


    Donors will be informed about the progress of the project through OPF`s projects content distribution. This includes website updates, e-mail newsletters and posts on social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,700 2 ranger stations two ranger stations as central points of the forest surveillance system
      £800 staions equipment tables, chairs, white boards and cupboards
      £1,500 15 monitoring daily packs Carrier bag, Shoes & cleaver
      £1,000 ranger training training of local people to become rangers
  • Background


    The project is based in the Southern part of an 86,450ha rainforest in East Kalimantan, Borneo. The forest is leased by PT Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI) as an environmental restoration concession (ERC) designated for release of orangutans. This license is given for 60 years, during which forest restoration, conservation and orangutan reintroduction will be carried out.


    Local communities and the Indonesian government will benefit directly from the project. The project will create local employment opportunities and will support government`s attempts to halt deforestation. The conservation scientific society will cover current lack of knowledge on the long-term success of orangutan reintroduction. Overall, the project will contribute to the conservation of the orangutan species crucial for the maintenance of the global biodiversity and humanity well-being.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    OPF has a history of successful collaborative work with Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and significant input in the establishment, development and promotion of RHOI. These two factors reaffirm OPF as one of the few foundations that successfully seed funds, promotes and develops local projects, involving local communities with the overall aim of the protection of orangutans and conservation of their rainforest habitat.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Aldrianto Priadjati (Aldrin)

    As deputy director of RHOI, Aldrin participated in the foundation of RHOI and knows the forest better than anyone else. He will oversee the project.


will pay for equipment for one forest ranger

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