Karlie's Orphaned Orangutans

The Orangutan Project (TOP)

The Orangutan Project is a not for profit organisation, supporting orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships & the rehabilitation & reintroduction of displaced orang-utans back into the wild, in order to save the two orangutan species from extinction.

TOP is a non-partisan organisation that collaborates with several orang-utan conservation projects, as well as providing habitat protection through its own programs to deter wildlife poaching, illegal logging & land clearing in Indonesia.

The orangutan’s rainforest habitat is disappearing at an unprecedented rate.  80% of the orangutan’s rainforests has been decimated in the past 20 years.  Much of what remains is degraded by drought, forest fires and illegal logging.  This destruction is also inflicting a massive amount of suffering on a species that is 97% genetically identical to humans, intelligent as a 5 to 6 year old child and is self-aware.  Tragically, extinction in the wild is likely for both Sumatran and Bornean orangutans if we do not take immediate action.

TOP aims to ensure the survival of orangutans in the wild within available populations and their welfare.  This is done by conducting TOP’s own work and assisting other accredited conservation projects according to the most effective outcomes for the species. 

For further information call 1300 733 273 or visit www.orangutan.org.au



Alan is approximately 22 kilograms with large hands and feet.  He is developing small cheek flanges but still has much to learn about adulthood.  Luckily, Alan has Bintang for a roommate.  The two have been friends for a long time and really enjoy each other's company. Alan looks up to Bintang much like a teenage boy looks up to his older brother.  They spend a lot of time play-fighting but also just sit with their arms around one another.  Alan loves to make silly faces by making “duck lips” or pulling his lips out with his fingers.  He also loves to play with blankets.  He will wrap himself up very tightly or lay the blanket down to make a nest.  Alan and Bintang share fruit by passing it to each other with their lips.  They often blow air into each other’s mouths.  Alan is getting ready for independence and will hopefully be released into the wild one day soon!



Beda was confiscated from a family in Tumbang Jutah, where she was illegally held captive & mistreated.  The family who had her named her “Beda”, which in Indonesian means different.  She was less than 1 year old, skinny & very frightened, when the team from Nyaru Menteng rescued her.
Beda has bloomed from the moment she arrived at the Nyaru Menteng Reintroduction Project.  She is the renowned tomboy that loves to get the babysitters into trouble.  A good sign of her independence and great preparation for her return to the wild is that she loves to spend the night in the forest rather than her enclosure. Beda is a determined individual and a fast learner. She learns new skills quickly, but gets easily bored when she satisfies her curiosity.  She enjoys her playtime with her orangutan friends except when they pull out each other’s hair.





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