About our NGO partner

The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks OAM, as a result of his 30+ year career working with and researching orangutans – including the release  of the world’s first zoo born orangutan into the wild. The Orangutan Project was formed with a key mission; to ensure that Critically Endangered wild orangutan species would be protected against extinction, and would continue to live in secure populations for generations to come.

Today, The Orangutan Project is a dynamic, fast-growing and successful not-for-profit organisation that supports a wide range of critical projects that address the holistic problem facing remaining fragmented orangutan populations – including fighting deforestation and habitat loss at the highest level.

Operating under the umbrella of Wildlife Conservation International Limited, The Orangutan Project is a sister project to the International Elephant Project and the International Tiger Project.

The projects funded by Wildlife Conservation International not only include direct species conservation, but also forest habitat protection and regeneration, education, research and local community partnerships. Tying funding into direct outcomes for species has enabled Wildlife Conservation International to partner with the majority of conservation projects operating on the ground today in Borneo and Sumatra.

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