BENEFITING: Orangutan Outreach Inc
Orangutan Outreach is a New York-based registered 501(c)(3) charity. Our mission is to protect orangutans in their native habitat while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment. We seek to raise funds and promote public awareness of orangutan conservation issues by collaborating with partner organizations around the world.
We work directly with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), which runs the only orangutan care center in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered due to deforestation and the expansion of oil palm plantations into their forest home. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) runs the only care center for orphaned and displaced Sumatran orangutans. Orangutan Outreach is helping SOCP build a new Baby House.
The Baby House is where the staff is able to give special attention to infant orangutans and teach them how to climb, build nests, feed independently and socialize with other orangutans.
The infants are currently being kept in isolation cages because the conditions of the Baby House have deteriorated rapidly in the last 12 months. It is now unsafe to keep the babies in during the day due to the humid weather and the lack of circulation. The roof has rotted out, doors have rotted and the indoor facility remains wet most of the time– creating moldy unhygienic conditions. The outdoor cage has also started to rot.
Major renovations are needed in order to improve welfare standards and make the Baby House once again suitable for a growing group of babies. It is critical to ensure that conditions are optimal so that the babies can be safely cared for without issues of rust or rot being consumed or a risk of injury.
We are seeking funds to undertake the redevelopment of the existing Baby House in order to make it a new, clean, sustainable and safer facility for the baby orangutans.
Learn more on our website: http://redapes.org/socp