Known as the 'old man of the forest', they're also the only apes that spend almost their entire lives in the rainforest canopies of Sumatra and Borneo.
Their treetop homes are some of the oldest on earth and had remained almost unchanged for the past 70 million years. However in the 21st century the demand for timber, palm oil, roads, agricultural land and space for mining means huge areas of the forest have now been lost, taking with it the homes of orangutans.
With their numbers dwindling we're on the verge of losing this species FOREVER.
How YOU CAN help
We’re asking you to pick a day in October to Go Orange for Orangutans!
Donate a pound to saving this unique species and go to school or work for a day dressed in as much orange as you dare! Maybe you could dye your hair, or paint your face as well. Don’t let it stop there, get creative with other orange themed fundraising ideas.
We’ll be awarding a prize for the craziest idea, and also for the school or company that raise the most money.
We're aiming to raise enough funds to help our conservation partners begin a new project looking at how these beautiful creatures are adapting to living on the ground in areas where their forest homes have been destroyed.
A minimum of £5,000 will help purchase 15 specialist camera traps that will enable us to see images of the orangutans and give us an insight into their lives on the ground. Will you help us do this?
Please take part in our campaign and help secure the survival of this magnificent species.
100% of money raised goes to funding the organisations working on the frontline of orangutan conservation.
You can find out more about how your money is spent on our Act for Wildlife website
Register now and get started
Getting started is really easy. Complete a short form on our Act for Wildlife website to register and you'll get a free fundraising pack to download that includes everything you need, from why we need your help to fundraising ideas to get you started.
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This year we're working with DEFRA to raise awareness about the plight of wild animals and how we can all help save them from extinction.
To find out more about the threat to orangutans and other animals visit www.facebook.com/IfTheyreGone