Orangutan Foundation International: http://www.orangutan.orgOFI is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Biruté Galdikas, which focuses on orangutan rehabilitation work in Central Kalimantan. Their top priorities include: -Stopping illegal logging, mining and forest conversion -Increasing sustainable economic alternatives for communities surrounding critical orangutan habitat -Assuring sustained funding for long-term orangutan research -Educating the local public to understand orangutan and forest issues and take pride in orangutans and their forests -Releasing ex-captive orangutans into suitable, protected habitat
Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation: http://savetheorangutan.org BOS is a non-profit organization that runs Nyaru Menteng, which was founded by Lone Droscher-Nielsen and is the world’s largest orangutan conservation facility. The center focuses on orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction. BOS’s mission is to “contribute to the conservation of the orangutans and their habitat.” World Wildlife Fund: http://www.worldwildlife.org The WWF has been doing work across the world in all aspects of conservation for 50 years. They identify and work towards preserving those natural locations in the world that are of the greatest significance: the world’s largest and most intact tropical rain forests, the most diverse freshwater systems, the most varied coral reefs, the most biologically significant deserts, and the most productive fishing grounds. The WWF has a goal to conserve 19 of these most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature by 2020.
Rainforest Action Network: http://ran.org RAN works strongly in urging multinational corporations to change their buying habits to more sustainable sources. They believe in transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Mongabay Environmental News: http://news.mongabay.com Mongabay is a website that shares articles and news stories to raise interest in wildlife while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Mongabay is also the publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that provides opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research in their native languages.
Local Action: Diggin Livin’ Farm: http://digginlivin.com The McEwen family farms honeybees in Cave Junction, Oregon, and has a soap business. Before learning about the destruction of the rainforest in Borneo the family had been using large amounts of palm oil in their handcrafted soaps. They quickly changed the recipe and the business gained a focus on orangutan conservation. Now they make and sell palm oil- free handcrafted goats milk soap, made with their own honey and beeswax and local goat’s milk. “Save the Orangutan Soap” is wrapped in informative labels that describe the problem with palm oil. The family is donating at least 45% of the profits of each bar to organizations committed to saving the orangutans.