WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES
Your donation will be split amongst these four wonderful charities, the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), Orangutan Foundation, Veterinary Aid for Orangutans (OVAID), these three are UK registered charities and the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) which is based in Indonesia. Please read below as to how they will use the donations that they will receive from the ORANG-U-CHANGE campaign.
SOS works to protect Orangutans, save Rainforests and support people in Sumatra. Teams on the frontline that rescue Orangutans in danger are supported by SOS as well as the teams that rehabilitate Orangutans and return them back to safe forest when possible. Saving the forest is critical to Orangutan survival so money is spent on replanting areas of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, a protected area that unfortunately suffers from illegal logging. SOS promotes the value of the forest to the Indonesian government, industry and civil society to help protect the forest and challenges those that destroy it. SOS also works closely with local communities to develop conservation action plans and sustainable livelihoods.
Here is a breakdown to see what your donation can go towards:
Orangutan Foundation – A future for orangutans, forests and people.
Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation works to conserve the critically endangered orangutan and its globally important habitat, the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra.
At the heart of the Orangutan Foundation’s work are the 60 staff working on the frontline of orangutan conservation. Our Habitat Protection Programme staff guard and patrol protected forests, with thousands of orangutans living in them, against deforestation.
Our Rescue and Release Programme veterinary team rescue injured orangutans or those at risk of harm and release them into the safety of a wildlife reserve. Orphaned orangutans, too young for release, enter the Foundation’s Soft-release Programme.
Our Forest Restoration Programme has planted tens of thousands of tree saplings and is restoring critical orangutan habitat.
The Orangutan Foundation gives priority to long-term programmes that combine conservation activities with community development. Many Indonesian people live close to areas of orangutan habitat and these people must be involved in any conservation strategy if it is to be successful long-term. Your support helps us to provide a secure future for orangutans, forests and people.
OVAID is run by Nigel and Sara Hicks, vet and vet nurse from Devon, who set the charity up after spending time working with Orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia. They discovered that there was a huge need for the provisions of medical equipment, medicines and veterinary mentoring to Orangutan rescue groups and rehabilitation centres. Nigel and Sara spend many months of the year volunteering their time, raising funds to purchase much needed veterinary supplies and spreading awareness of the conservation issues affecting Orangutans.
Here are some examples of what your money can buy:
£3 – a box of hypodermic needles or a 500ml surgical scrub solution
£5 – 3 intravenous giving sets or a box of hypodermic syringes
£10 – 2 rolls of orthopaedic casting material to mend broken limbs
£20 – a single course of antibiotic treatment for an Orangutan or one bottle of antibiotic injection
£30 – one small bottle of injectable pain relief
£150 – a specialised paramedic rescue backpack for use in emergencies and field rescues
£500 – a microscopy to help vets diagnose diseae
£1000 – a surgical operating table
£2000 – £3000 – an autoclave for sterilising surgical instruments
£3000 – A basic anaesthetic machine
£5000 – A small portable x-ray machine
£10,000 – a diagnostic ultrasound unit and probe
£15,000 – a digital x-ray system
Founded in 2007 by Hardi Baktiantoro, COP runs several rapid response teams that work in the front lines to help Orangutans in need, working in the three provinces of Indonesian Kalimantan in Borneo, Java and Sumatra. Each team is effectively crewed by just 4 people. COP works to defend the forest, evacuate and re-home Orangutans from oil plantations and fragmented forest, combat the poaching and wildlife trade, educate children and local communities to create a brighter future for Orangutans and improve the standards of zoos or campaign to close down ones that can’t be improved.
If the Orangutans that are rescued from fragmented forest or palm oil plantations, are healthy and well-fed, they are released into another forested area straight away. For those that are too young, they have to learn how to be a wild Orangutan at the COP rehabilitation centre in Labanan, North Borneo. The journey goes through the nursery, kindergarten and forest school, and are released when they are ready to go back to wild.
So far at least 100 orangutans have been saved from conflict with humans, 20 orangutans are undergoing rehabilitation and 12 of them are to be released soon, 9 orangutans have been saved from illegal trade together with 300 other wild animals and at least 20 people jailed as the result of law enforcment operation. Your donation will support an effective group who work in the front lines.