A newspaper article written by a volunteer who had worked at Orangutan Foundation Internationals Care Center in Borneo - moved us to become OFI supporters in 2009. Although we knew Dr. Birute Galdikas had been doing Orangutan research in Indonesia since 1971, we were unaware that in 1986 she had formed OFI - dedicated to research, education, conservation and forest protection to ensure the survival of the Orangutans.
Due to logging much of it illegal - and the subsequent planting of vast Palm Oil Plantations, Orangutans continue to decline and are hard pressed to survive in what remains of their diminishing rain forest habitat. Much of this became clear to us when we saw the Born To Be Wild IMAX film, which features Dr. Birute and OFIs mission (as well as Dame Daphne Sheldrick and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, which we also support) The release of the film, at long last brought Dr. Birutes pioneering work to the attention of many neophytes. Despite being one of the three so called Ape Angels, mentored by Louis Leakey - the others are Jane Goodall (Chimpanzees) and Dian Fossey (Mountain Gorillas) Dr. Birute had been somewhat off the publics Radar screen, for Borneo is a very distant place and her work in the remote rain forest practically took her off the map. Fortunately the success of the film and OFIs continuing efforts to increase public awareness have succeeded in bringing the plight of the Orangutan to the attention of a far greater number of people. After meeting Dr. Birute in 2011and learning about her ongoing work we traveled to Indonesian Borneo to visit her and the over 300 rescued orphaned Orangutans in OFIs care.
Lastly we like to invite you to visit: www.orangutan.org where you can lean much more about OFIs ongoing work and also help support its efforts to protect the Orangutans . The people of the Forest.
The mission of the Orangutan Foundation International is to support the conservation, protection, and understanding of orangutans and their rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive orangutan orphans as they make their way back to the forest.
Furthermore, OFI educates the public, school children, and governments about orangutans, tropical rain forests, and the issues surrounding orangutan and forest conservation and protection.
You can join us on our trip and meet these endangered, endearing cousins of ours by playing the video clip below.
The word orangutan comes from the Malay language and means "person of the forest"
Tom the King
Wild ones coming to the feeding platform
Doyok, the second largest male in the park
a tiny new born and already an orphan
Rimba Lodge is where we stayed on our way to Camp Leakey
I'm a happy girl (again, we had all the shots required to be able to hold these young ones)
both John and I had to have various shots in order to be around these fragile little babies
Dr. Leakey's Trimates, or Ape Angels....Dr. Dian Fossey (mountain gorillas), Dr. Jane Goodall (chimps) and Dr. Biruté Galdikas
Maue-Kay when she arrived. A scared and emaciated little baby. She was dropped off in a cardboard box by someone who took pity on her
Maue-Kay now. She is thriving.
Maue-Kays latest photo
John in Love
Maue-Kay getting a bath
look into those eyes ......
at the nursery
Handsome Doyok in the Wild
Dr. Biruté Galdikas with Born to be Wild writer/producer Drew Fellman