Orangutan Foundation International began its formal tour program in 2004. It was a tremendous success due to Dr. Galdikas’ participation and the planning done by our travel agent and travel company. This once-in-a-life-time adventure to Indonesian Borneo will give you an opportunity to see orangutans in their natural environment with no barriers separating you from them. The orangutans will touch your heart, making this an experience you will never forget.
This is the only tour where you will get an all-access, behind-the-scenes experience as in the film Born to be Wild.
Many of you have requested an opportunity to meet Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas while participating in an OFI trip. We are taking that one step further. She will give her insights into the orangutan’s natural history and behavior and share her adventures working with this incredible species for over 42 years. Spaces for each trip are limited to 13 individuals and they will fill quickly. If you are interested in joining one of our tours please contact Irene Spencer first for availability: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone number 619-574-1371 in San Diego, California. The trip application can be downloaded at www.orangutan.travel
In 1971, Biruté Mary Galdikas arrived in one of the world’s last wild places, Tanjung Puting Reserve in Indonesian Borneo. There were no telephones, roads, electricity, television, or regular mail service. The reserve was being logged and the laws protecting wildlife were not enforced. The rhinoceros had already been hunted into extinction in the area. At this time, very little was known about orangutans in the wild. Despite these conditions and a number of people that said it could not be done, Dr. Galdikas developed the first comprehensive study of the wild orangutan. Through this work, Dr. Galidkas created Camp Leakey, the site of the longest continuous study on any primate. She has also protected one of last havens for orangutans in Borneo despite the tremendous pressures from illegal logging and mining interests. During this trip, you will visit the sites of Dr. Galdikas’ work including her famous research site at Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine Facility, which houses over 330 orangutan orphans. Dr. Galdikas will share with you her expertise in the areas of primatology, anthropology, and conservation. As the world’s leading expert in orangutan behavior, you will come away with insights into one of human’s closest living relatives. You will also spend time along riverways and walking through the forest in search of some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet including proboscis monkeys, barking deer, rhinoceros hornbills, and Bornean wild pigs.