Partners in Conservation

The Orangutan SSP works with many partners to help save orangutans from extinction.  Please explore the links below to learn more about these efforts.

The AZA’s Ape Taxon Advisory Group (Ape TAG) works to coordinate the management of all apes – bonobos, chimpanzees, gibbons,gorillas, and orangutans – in AZA zoos. The TAG coordinates the activities of the individual ape Species Survival Plans (SSP®) to ensure that ape populations are properly managed to secure their long-term future and physical and psychological health. Additionally, the Ape TAG makes recommendations for how populations of all apes in managed care may most effectively serve as ambassadors to educate zoo visitors about the conservation of their wild counterparts.


The Orangutan Species Survival Plan® Program (SSP) serves 55 accredited zoos across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to help guide the management of orangutan populations in zoos. The SSP focuses on advancing orangutan husbandry, advocacy for orangutan welfare, supporting conservation of these creatures in the wild, public outreach to increase awareness of the status of orangutans in zoos and in the wild, and scientific research benefiting orangutan welfare and conservation.


The Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust (REACT) works to  connect people to endangered animal projects across the world.  REACT believes that one person can make a difference, and it provides a way for people to become involved in a cause they are passionate about by contributing their time, energy, and money to become better informed, help raise awareness, and contribute directly to conservation.


The World Wildlife Fund  has been working on orangutan conservation since the 1970s, in partnership with both international and local groups. This work is guided by a specific Species Action Plan for orangutans and includes conserving their habitat, promoting sustainable forestry and agriculture, and efforts to stop the pet trade.



The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program is a unique integration of multiple NGOs and the Indonesian government working together to fight for the survival of orangutans in Sumatra.  Their work deals with all aspects of Sumatran orangutan conservation including orangutan reintroduction, habitat protection, research, and environmental education.


Orangutan Outreach’s 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 and promote public awareness of orangutan conservation issues by collaborating with partner organizations around the world. Reach out and save the orangutans!


The Center for Great Apes provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.


Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP) works to protect endangered wild orangutans living in and around Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo from threats posed by human activities.  GPOCP encourages environmental stewardship within villages bordering the national park through education and community outreach programs and helps strengthen institutions responsible for enforcing existing poaching and habitat protection laws.


Health in Harmony believes human and environmental health are inextricably linked: healthy people create a healthy planet.  When families much choose between saving a child or saving a rainforest, we all suffer.  Health in Harmony provides a sustainable, long-term solution that helps individuals and communities to protect the natural resources that keep the planet healthy.


Orangutan Foundation International supports the Earth 4 Orangutans Build a Sanctuary project.  You can help build an island sanctuary for four very special orangutans who currently remain confined to quarantine cages at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) Center.  For reasons of health or disability these orangutans require long-term care and cannot be re-released back into the wild in the foreseeable future.  This special moated island sanctuary will allow  each orangutan their own island so they can live freely in a natural habitat and still receive the safety and care they need.