Project information

Post-Release Monitoring of orangutans (PRMP)

PRMP is the monitoring of orangutans that have been rehabilitated and released after being rescued as orphans. Monitoring them allows research to be conducted so rehabilitation methods can be improved and the orangs have the best possible chance of surviving in the wild. It safeguards their future.

January 2009 - December 2016

Charity information: Orangutan Appeal UK

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  • Need


    The large number of orangutans that do not survive in the wild after rehabilitation due to poor methods being used in their rehabilitation, and the lack of post-release after-care.


    By providing the necessary data and information to allow people to better understand the orangutan. It gives the orangutans the best chance of survival after the trauma of being orphaned by making sure the best and most effective methods are used in their rehabilitation. By monitoring post-release, it means the orangs can get help should they show signs of distress and suffering.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish data on rehabilitated & released orangutan and feeding data back to rehabilitation centres


    » Develop and disseminate comprehensive guidelines for releasing and monitoring orangutans based on collected behavioural data.
    » Expand the researchers working on the project to allow more orangutans to be monitored and data to be collected quicker.

    What success will look like

    A minimum of 6 months intensive behavioural data for each individual orang / 0% mortality on all future releases / journals of research published annually to share vital data

    Aim 2

    Take the lead in innovating and developing new or existing technologies for monitoring orangutans.


    » Develop and test new technologies for monitoring orangutans in the field in a safe and secure environment , to allow better tracking.

    What success will look like

    Secure agreement to test new trackingdevices in multiple settings/ Identify the most appropriate device and best location for it on the orang / Publish results to share vital data

    Aim 3

    Engage local people through the delivery of an educational awareness targeting.


    » Promote a sense of ownership and shared objectives among local communities by increasing understanding of the orangutan.

    What success will look like

    Visit a minimum of 5 new schools a year, with a target audience of 2500 children a year / Secure agreement of all neighbouring plantations to deliver presentations to workers.

  • Impact


    The production of comprehensive guidelines for the post release
    management of orangutans remains the ultimate long term aim. This will lead to more rehabilitated orangutans surviving successfully in the wild post-release.


    There are risks associated with working closely with orangutans, and working in a forest environment with rough terrain and poisonous animals. These risks are minimised by the full training of research assistants to identify dangerous areas and animals, and to be able to spot warning signs from orangutans.


    We report to our donors regularly through monthly email updates, bi-annual newsletters and daily social media posts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £81,646

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      Amount Heading Description
      £56,624 Staff Costs Primatologist, research supervisors (2) & assistants (7), visiting vet
      £25,022 Direct project costs Meetings, supplies, travel and maintenance of camp and truck

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arcus Foundation £44,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Tabin forest reserve which is located in Sabah, Malaysia and is twice the size of Singapore.


    The orangutan population, local human communities (the research assistants are from local communities), fellow NGOs who can benefit from the research conducted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has been successfully operating for over 14 years, and in that time has helped hundreds of orangutans get a second chance at life. The charity has a wealth of knowledge and experience, alongside a solid commitment to the orangutan species, which makes it best placed to carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Robins

    James is the lead primatologist and spends the majority of his time in the forest monitoring the orangutans. He is the author of the research papers.

    Team Of Researchers

    James is joined by a team of research supervisors and assistants from local communities. They monitor the orangs alongside James and help acquire data

    Susan Sheward MBE

    Susan is the charity founder and chairwoman who has pushed this project forward. Susan works with James to determine the best ways forward for PRMP

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