Without the OFI Care Centre, these beautiful, gentle apes would be homeless and more than likely dead. The Care Centre is a half-way house for orangutans, providing them with food, shelter and love along with the skills they will need when they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
However, for that eventual release to be successful, land needs to be secured to ensure they have a safe place to live.
Through The Orangutan Legacy Forest project, OFI aims to purchase, protect and replant forest habitat in Borneo that is vital to the orangutan’s survival - land which is protected from poachers, palm oil plantations, illegal loggers and miners, creating a large, protected and interconnected orangutan habitat ‘sanctuary’, keeping wild orangutans safe and creating this much needed sanctuary for the release of rehabilitated orangutans from the Care Centre. With so little protected forest remaining, and with many national parks off limits to
ex-captive animals, this initiative offers a real and tangible future for those animals once they are ready to return to the wild.
For the orangutans currently being cared for by OFI, the Orangutan Legacy Forest truly is ‘the promised land.’ Each month more orangutans arrive at the Care Centre where they enter OFI’s rehabilitation program.
For more information about Orangutan Foundation International Australia, or to donate, please visit our website.
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