Update: August 2019

Tanjung Puting National Park: Reforestation Program

Indonesia

Tanjung Puting National Park has been called “The Orangutan Capital of the World”. It’s one of the few places on earth where travelers can see orangutans in the wild. Palm oil plantations, forest fires, and illegal logging are among the top threats to the park, the largest and most diverse coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest in Borneo island.

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Standing up against deforestation

The Reforestation Program

The program has taken on the enormous task of reforesting the areas in the National Park that were lost in the devastating fires of 2015. If we want orangutans to have a future, we have to do more than stop the bleeding. We must start the healing. Besides protecting existing rainforests, replanting and replenishing burned forests is necessary to help Bornean orangutans escape extinction. OFI has designated a ten-year timeline for planting over 2,000,000 seeds in the National Park. They can grow into large, fecund trees bearing plentiful luscious fruit for orangutans and other wildlife to eat.

“If we want orangutans to have a future, we have to do more than stop the bleeding. We must start the healing.”

"Orangutans are one of our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom. They only live in tropical rainforests where they are major seed dispersers. By dispersing seeds, they help guarantee plant and animal biodiversity in their ecosystem."

Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, OFI President

Five Fun Facts

1. Orangutans share 97% of DNA sequence with humans.

2. In Malay, “orang” means “person” and “utan” means forest. Thus, orangutan literally means the person of the forest.

3. An orangutan’s arms stretch out longer than its body, up to 8’ feet (2.43 meters) from fingertip in the case of a very large male.

4. Like humans, orangutans have opposable thumbs. Their big toes are also opposable.

5. Unlike humans, approximately one-third of all orangutans do not have nails on their big toes.

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