To support and continue the orangutan and forest conservation efforts initiated by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).
The Orangutan Foundation International Care Centre in Kalimantan currently cares for 340 displaced or orphaned orangutans. That costs a hefty $1,000.000 a year to run.
The Orangutan Foundation International Australia believe those funds would be better spent buying habitat and preventing its destruction in the first instance. But it’s not simply a case of redirecting those funds. The OFI Care Centre is a vital part of the sometimes complicated plan to save these Great Apes. Without the OFI Care Centre, those three hundred apes would be homeless and most likely dead. Raising money to purchase and protect the orangutans’ home, goes part and parcel with the invaluable and life saving work being done in the Care Centre. Think of it as a half-way house for orangutans, until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. But for that eventual release to be successful, we need safe, viable release sites, which aren’t vulnerable to poachers, palm oil plantations, illegal loggers or miners.
So for time being… the need is to focus on both “land purchase” and the “Care Centre”.