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....