Orangutan Foundation International (OFI)
OFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat. Founded by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and associates in 1986, OFI operates Camp Leakey, an orangutan research area within Tanjung Puting National Park. OFI also runs the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility in the Dayak village of Pasir Panjang near Pangkalan Bun, which is home to 330 displaced orangutans, and helps manages the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, where rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans are released into the wild. Through its field programs, OFI also provides employment at these facilities for over 200 local Indonesians.
OFI partners with World Education and the Orangutan Conservation Forum, a consortium of groups that is working to counter the primary threats to orangutan survival throughout Indonesia. The top five priority issues OFI works on in concert with these partners include:
- Stopping illegal logging, mining and forest conversion;
- Increasing sustainable economic alternatives for communities surrounding critical orangutan habitat;
- Assuring sustained funding for long-term in-situ orangutan research vital for effective conservation efforts;
- Educating the local public to understand orangutan and forest issues and take pride in orangutans and their forests, and;
- Releasing ex-captive orangutans into suitable, protected habitat.
Our producer, Stephen, runs an eco tour annually to the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility. The not-for-profit tour provides much-needed funds to the facility, as well as allowing eco tourists the rare privilege of holding baby orangutans and seeing them in their natural environment. For more information, please visit our eco tours page.
There are a lot of fun ways to help the OFI! As well as donating money and adopting an orangutan, you can also visit the facility, volunteer there, and buy jewellery from their online store.