Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat. OFI also supports research on orangutans and forests, education initiatives, both local and international, and brings awareness concerning orangutans wherever it can.
- orangutans under our care
- where we work
- sunbears under our care
- orangutans returned to the forest
- hours of orangutan observations
- started as the ORCP
OFI is profoundly committed to the welfare of all orangutans, whether captive, ex-captive, or wild. Established by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and associates in 1986, OFI operates Camp Leakey, an orangutan research center, 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.
It also helps manage the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, where rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans were released into the wild. Through its field programs, OFI also provides employment at these facilities for over 200 local Indonesians. OFI also owns Rusti, an adult male orangutan rescued from a backyard zoo in New Jersey, now on permanent loan to the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii. OFI built his magnificent enclosure which covers a good part of an acre.
Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) was established to help save orangutan populations from extinction in the wild, to protect orangutan habitat, tropical rainforest, and to rehabilitate and release wild-born ex-captive orangutans back to the wild.
In addition, OFI works to educate people, whether school children, teachers or the “person on the street” in Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, United States, UK, Australia, Lithuania and elsewhere, about orangutans and their tropical rainforest home. OFI helps orangutans where ever they might be in captivity or in the wild. OFI also promotes and conducts research on orangutan behavior and ecology. The wild orangutan research program at Camp Leakey is the longest wild orangutan study ever undertaken and has been called “monumental” by annomynous reviewers. OFI also rescued and owns Rusti, a captive-born “hybrid” adult male orangutan, who is now on permanent loan to the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii.
Dr Biruté Mary Galdikas
President & Co-founder
The Orangutan Foundation International Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of people drawn from many walks of life representing five different nationalities who are joined together in a passionate commitment to orangutans and the tropical rain forests that sustain them. Most board members have visited OFI’s facilities in Borneo. A few board members have visited multiple times.
Intinally created in 1971 and called the Orangutan Research and Conservation project, and based in what was then Tanjung Puting Reserve, OFI has seen a number of changes over the years. In 1986, the decision was made to establish the Orangutan Foundation as an international fundraising organization. Read the complete history here.
The Orangutan Research and Conservation Project, the precursor to OFI was created by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and her then husband, Rod Brindamour.
Dr. Gary Shapiro starts his studies on wild orangutans. The first study of its kind.
John Beal, visited Camp Leakey in late 1979.
OFI is registered as a 501(c)3 public foundation.
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