Orangutan Foundation International
Welcome to the CafeGive page for OFI. We hope that you can find opportunities to get involved in saving the endangered orangutan and the tropical rain forest. It is through the support and dedication from individuals, that OFI is able to continue to provide medical relief to baby orphan orangutans and preserve acres of land to rebuild the rain forest, our endangered cousins' home.—Sarah Whitaker, Director of Operations
Orangutan Foundation International was established in 1989 by Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas. Our mission is to support the conservation of the orangutan and his/her habitat. We strive to maintain and rebuild the Indonesian rain forest habitat of endangered orangutans and other species in Indonesia. We purchase hectares of land to preserve and buy trees and replant them in the land. We work to eliminate illegal logging and forest burning and clearing for palm oil plantations which destroys thousands of acres of land each year. We raise awareness of orangutan and forest issues throughout the world through field research, publication of books, scientific reports, articles, and newsletters as well as lectures, conferences, events, and seminars.
Currently few people are aware of the drastic situation in Indonesia. Orangutans could be extinct within the next 10 years, along with many other species who dwell in the lush rain forests of Borneo, Indonesia. The forest is diminishing at an extremely rapid rate (6.2 million acres per year.) As the illegal logging continues and forests are cut down for palm oil plantations, we quickly lose the bio-diversity in the area. We need to prevent the illegal logging, which not only destroys the orangutans' habitat but also creates huge financial losses for the Indonesian economy and the local community. We need to prevent the clearing of forest land for palm oil plantations and find a sustainable way to develop palm oil. We need to help the orangutans who are so close to humans get back to their life in the wild.