Why Save Orangutans?

They Are Part Of Who We Are

WOW... What a question right? Where do we even start?

Well. How about the beginning?


One of the strangest questions sometimes asked is, "If humans evolved from apes, why are there still apes?" Evolution is a scientific theory but it is a theory based on a lot of evidence and asking this question, is akin to a dog asking, "If dogs evolved from wolves, why are there still wolves?"

In brief summary, think of it like this: The evolutionary concept of the origin of humans is not based on humans descending from modern apes but, rather, argues that humans and modern apes share a common ancestor.

So, in sharing a common ancestor, they are like family and we look out for family. Right?


Orangutans, amongst the other apes, have demonstrated both in the wild and in captivity, countless examples of their innate intelligence; tool use, empathy and altruism whilst living in close quarters in captivity at rescue centres; mimicry; the ability to pass on knowledge to the next generation; self-awareness. 

It could be argued that it is not only a moral imperative that we protect their place in our world but a duty to the world itself.


The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra are a living, breathing ecosystem that contributes to the balance of our planet's climate.

That's the big stuff.

Orangutans are fondly known as the Gardeners and Guardians of these vast areas, covering great distance over many days through the canopy, harvesting fruits and dropping seeds that promote the diversity of the flora that populates the forests.

Without Orangutans, and other major mammals such as sunbears and clouded leopards, diversity suffers. The monocultures of palm oil, rubber and paper that are grown in these once richly diverse regions are the complete antithesis of diversity and their propagation lead to a whole host of problems, from the disruption of the climate and water cycle to spontaneous eruption of fires during the dry season.


The aim of any species is to survive and thrive in its environment. Humans are especially skilled at manipulating the environment to their benefit. As the population increases, so too does its demand for resources, amongst which is palm oil, a cheap, ubiquitous oil that extends the shelf life of countless processed foods and supermarket products. With an ever-demanding population making increasing demands on the environment, how can we hope to turn the tide?


It is becoming increasingly apparent that the continued expansion of industries that destroy our rainforests is unsustainable in the long term. The health of our world depends on our accepting of this fact.

The more immediate and actionable concerns are:

a) Securing and protecting areas of still-standing rainforest from clearance and transformation into monocultures and
b) Continuing rescue, rehabilitation and release efforts of endangered Orangutans into these protected areas.

Becoming part of the world's largest ape protection operation - BOS Foundation - is your first step in realising our hopes.

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