There are two species of orangutans; the Bornean orangutan and the Sumatran orangutan. REACT is active in the conservation of the Bornean orangutan in the Malaysian State of Sabah. The Bornean orangutan is classified as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN.
The orangutan is an arboreal ape and the only great ape species outside of Africa (unless you count humans). It lives in the trees, making nests every night to sleep in and feeds predominantly on fruits. The lowland tropical forests of Borneo can be a tough place to live since there are not that many fruits but many fruit-eating species so orangutans also eat leaves, bark, insects and flowers.
For more detailed information on orangutans, visit Wikipedia ‘Orangutans’
REACT Orangutan Project
REACT works in an area called the Kinabatangan River where there is estimated to be 1,100 orangutans. This is an area particularly rich in orangutans and protected by the local Government. Luckily, this is an area where many local Government, NGOs, and researchers have been established for many years and there is a real opportunity to save the orangutan in these forests for generations to come. We are dedicated to planting forest corridors and education at local schools.
Connecting You to Orangutans
There are ways for you to directly and indirectly participate in saving orangutans. Each individual has the ability to have a positive impact. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help.
Why not take an ecotour to visit orangutans? Spend your next holiday with orangutans. With a good ecotour company, your money goes towards paying local people and helping save orangutans in the wild.
For an orangutan ecotour visit Responsibletravel.com
Why not volunteer with orangutans? There are companies that allow you to work in rescue centres and it is open to all. Even if you do not have experience or qualifications, you can provide your work, money and passion to helping orangutans.
To volunteer with orangutans visit The Great Orangutan Project.
If you are a teacher or a student, why not consider a school education trip with orangutans? Have a taste of what it is like to be a conservationist and find out more about the complexities of saving an endangered species.
If you have any spare time why not help out at REACT? We need people to help with events, collections or maybe you have a special skill to contribute.
Make a donation to help REACT save orangutans in the wild. We use Virgin to take donation as this saves us on administration and ensure we can spend the maximum amount of your donation on orangutans.