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On October 11th, 2003 a little orphaned Orangutan was found at Ladang Perkahalus. She was brought in to the Sepilok rehabilitation centre by a local plantation worker. Just one-year-old she weighed only 2.7kg. After completing her initial quarantine period, Nonong started progressing well in her rehabilitation. Three years on she was thriving and the centre had high hopes for a successful future release which would have been part of the new 2006 Post Release Monitoring Project. Tragically at the age of four, Nonong contracted Cerebral Malaria.

After a long illness she survived but with permanent paralysis of her left arm and suffering from fits and occasional mild seizures. For these reasons it was impossible to release Nonong back into the wild as her chances of survival were significantly decreased and she would be prone to attack from other wild orangutans. As the Malaysia religion prevents euthanasia, so began a long series of discussions regarding the best option for this little orangutan.

It was decided that Nonong would become a long-term resident of the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.  Nonong undergoes regular medical checks by our resident vet Dr Nigel and is now a happy healthy 10-year-old weighing in at 29kg. Nonong is a very lively orangutan and enjoys playing with the other juveniles in the exercise enclosure and jungle gym. She has befriended Bella, and they are often seen together playing and climbing. She also enjoys play-fighting with the other orphaned babies that are undergoing rehabilitation at the centre which included Sen and Ceria before their release last year into the reserve.

Everyone who meets Nonong falls in love with her as she is so endearing and special.

It was in 2012 when visiting Sabah that the Appeal's founder, Sue Sheward, discovered that there was a problem with Nonong's housing. Nonong is growing up fast and there is an urgent need for a new enclosure to be built to house her. At the moment there is no such facility at Sepilok and she must endure being moved in and out of her small enclosure daily. This can be very stressful and occasionally has been known to bring on seizures which leave her exhausted.
What Nonong needs URGENTLY is a new enclosure which is large enough to ensure she can live comfortably, and have the ability to forage, climb and live as close as possible to a natural existence.

The Orangutan Appeal UK has adopted 'Nonong's Plight' as its latest project and we have begun to raise the funds to start building the enclosure for her.

The cost of this project is estimated at £20,000, and although this is a huge amount of money to raise, Nonong's need is great. She is one deserving orangutan that is close to our hearts.  Consequently, we have set up a separate fund where those of you who would like to help us achieve this goal can donate whatever you feel is an appropriate amount. Please help us give Nonong the best possible home for her future.

If you would like to make a donation towards this project you can:

  Send a cheque made payable to Orangutan Appeal UK
  Text the code NONG22 to 70070 and the amount you wish to donate, eg. NONG22 £2 (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10)
  Visit our website donation page at


If you have any other queries, please feel free to get in touch with us also at manager@orangutan-