Adopt an orangutan and receive
- Your own cuddly toy orangutan to keep at home
- An adoption pack, including a personalised certificate, animal story, fact sheet and glossy photo to display.
- A copy of Born Free’s bi-annual Adopt magazine with exclusive updates.
Orangutans are largest tree living mammals, spending over 90% of their lives high in the forest canopy. However, these beautiful creatures are under serious threat of becoming extinct with their greatest issue being loss of habitat.
udopt it because
- Deforestation occurs for logging, palm oil production, mining and agricultural expansion. Over the last three decades, an estimated 80% of orangutan habitat has been lost. Other threats to orangutans include illegal hunting for meat, and capture for the exotic pet trade.
- Adopting an orangutan with Born Free will provide support to the Orangutan Foundation and its vital conservation work to protect the Central Kalimantan province and sanctuary, and to safeguard the future of the precious orangutans who live there. Your adoption will also support Born Free’s campaign against the illegal trade in bushmeat, from apes and other threatened species, and their campaign in opposition of the live trade in apes.
- Adopting an orangutan makes for a fantastic gift. Not only will it delight and educate the recipient but funds will go towards Born Free’s critical work.
- Adoption programmes start from as little as £3.00 a month.
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Did you know?
- In Malay and Indonesian orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Therefore orangutan means “person of the forest.”
- Orangutans have very long arms! When outstretched they are longer than their bodies – over two metres from fingertip to fingertip.
- Male orangutans develop their large cheek pads when they reach maturity. It is thought that female orang-utans find them attractive.
- Infant orang-utans stay with their mothers for the first 4-6 years their lives.
- Like humans, orangutans have opposable thumbs. Their big toes are also opposable.
- Orangutans are very acrobatic and strong. They can hang upside down from branches for long periods of time to retrieve fruit.