Habitat Protection

The Rainforest

Some of OAUK's rangers have been trained to work as Honorary Wildlife Wardens. This means that they have the authority to stop and search people who are entering the wildlife reserves without a permit or who are carrying out illegal activities such as logging or hunting.

Their training means that they have the jurisdiction to investigate and arrest those who are committing a criminal offence in the forest. They will then collect any evidence and pass it onto the Wildlife Department and police.

Warden Team

Orangutan Appeal UK has also recently been working with The Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) on their research and conservation project in the region of Barito Ulu. This region is the gateway to one of the most richly diverse and remote forests at the centre of the island of Borneo.

BNF have identified the Barito Ulu region as being critical for orangutan conservation but it is becoming increasingly threatened by development and loggers. To protect this important area BNF believe that it is critical to re-establish a research presence there.

The first steps taken towards this goal were to start restoring an old University of Cambridge research station which had become dilapidated and recruit some local staff. Using the restored research station as a base they will then be able to develop relationships with the local community and industry stakeholders to improve conservation of the area and protect this important orangutan habitat. OAUK provided start-up support for this project with funding going towards restoring and equipping the research station. Read more here about this habitat protection project

Local Firefighters  Photo By Borneo Nature Foundation

We are also continuing to provide funding for community-based teams of fire-fighters who strive to extinguish damaging forest fires which can spread out of control and cause devastation to orangutan habitat. Read more here

We have been supporting Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) for some years now and our recent contributions have helped them to boost their fire-fighting efforts and reforestation activities. Over the last few months they have been very busy preparing for the next dry season. They have built an impressive 150 dams on old, illegal logging canals which help to keep the swamps wet and reduce the fire risk. They have also been conducting training on drone use for the community patrol teams to quickly identify and extinguish any fires which do occur. Our drones are still proving to be invaluable tools for them. Read more here

All of this hard work protects vital orangutan habitat and is helping in the fight to save thier species.

Protecting habitat is just one of the many ways we help orangutan conservation. If you would like to support this and other projects that we run, you can donate to the charity by visting our donation page. Thank you.