Orangutan Outreach


Mission Statement

Orangutan Outreach's mission is to protect orangutans in their native forests of Borneo and Sumatra while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment. If they cannot be released, we will do everything in our power to ensure they have a life of dignity and the best possible long-term care. We seek to raise funds and promote public awareness of orangutan conservation issues by collaborating with partner organizations around the world.


Orangutan Outreach is a New York-based non-profit organization whose mission is to save the critically endangered orangutans and protect their rainforest home. It was founded in 2007 by Richard Zimmerman, who has has an unconditional love for orangutans since he was a child.
In 2005, while living in New York City and working in communications and web technology at UNICEF, Richard had an epiphany. He knew that orangutans were critically endangered in the wild, but he hadn't realized how serious the threat of extinction truly was. Wanting to help them but not knowing how, he offered to volunteer his web development skills to several orangutan conservation organizations. In 2006 Richard took his first trip to Indonesia to see wild orangutans with his own eyes. Hoping to see a lush tropical rainforest, what he found instead was the near total destruction of the forests of Borneo and Sumatra and hundreds of orphaned orangutans being cared for in rescue centers. He was haunted by what he saw.... and realized immediately that he had to do more to help the orangutans. A year later he traveled back to Indonesia to meet more stakeholders on the ground, and when he returned to New York he decided to follow his heart and start his own 501(c)(3) non-profit, Orangutan Outreach.
Since 2007, Orangutan Outreach has been able to raise over three million dollars for orangutan conservation. Over the years, Orangutan Outreach has expanded to work with an increasing number of partners, including the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), International Animal Rescue (IAR), the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), the Orangutan Information Center (OIC), the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) and the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF). Orangutan Outreach supports these organizations by increasing awareness of their efforts in the field and raising funds for their orangutan conservation work.
Orangutan Outreach has achieved the goal of making a significant difference in the lives of orangutans, but acknowledges that there is still so much more work to be done. We will continue to do all that we must to help orangutans in need....

Program Details

Orangutan Outreach objectives include: providing education on the plight of wild orangutans; raising awareness of the needs of orangutans and how individuals can help; and securing vital funding for the orangutan conservation efforts of Orangutan Outreach partner organizations in Indonesia. Specifically, Orangutan Outreach focuses on: orangutan rescues; rehabilitation; returning orangutans to the forest; long-term care for orangutans that cannot be released; and rainforest monitoring and protection.
At the cornerstone of Orangutan Outreach is their virtual Orangutan Adoption Program. Individuals, groups, or corporations can sponsor one or more specific orangutans from one of 4 partner organizations. The money donated for the orangutan adoption is sent to the center caring for the orangutan, to help meet the daily care needs of all the orangutans at the center.
The other staple of Orangutan Outreach is its yearly M.O.M. campaign. This awareness campaign stands for Missing Orangutan Mothers and helps educate about the number of mother orangutans killed each year and the resulting orphaned orangutans living in care centers. The M.O.M. campaign brings together zoological institutions and other conservation organizations that are interested in spreading the word about the plight of orangutans in Indonesia.
Orangutan Outreach also organizes and holds special campaigns as needed. Through the years, Orangutan Outreach has held successful campaigns to help fund the construction of an orangutan baby house for BOSF, a new orangutan center for IAR, and the SOCP Orangutan Haven. Orangutan Outreach has also created an Emergency Fire Fund to help organizations battling devastating forest fires, and an Emergency Covid-19 Relief fund to aid the centers as they work to keep their staff and orangutans healthy through the 2020 pandemic. The project that has been the most fun to support is the creation of the documentary series, Orangutan Jungle School. This wonderful series brings viewers into the world of orangutans as they complete their rehabilitation journey on the road back to their natural forest home. The series has inspired hundreds of people to take positive action to help wild orangutans.
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Hudson, NY 12534
United States
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