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Buddy systems frequently develop among the young orphaned orangutans at the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ).


Orangutan Foundation International Doris & Holland

Dorris & Holland


Craving the comfort they would have received from their mothers for six to as many as ten years, the orangutans make friends, often in pairs.


Orangutan Foundation International Ray & Vytas

Bayat & Chewey


Orangutan Foundation International Bayat & Chewey

Ray & Vytas


Friendships come in handy to the orphans during daily visits to the OFI Learning Forest.


Orangutan Foundation International Holland & Trudeau

Buddies Holland and Trudeau follow one another while climbing.


Orangutan Foundation International Dodot & Weyerhauser

Dodot and Weyerhauser stay close as they explore during forest school.


Orangutan Foundation International Kobe & Ryan

Kobe & Ryan trade secrets bundled into a small nook under a tree.


While some young orangutans are confident in their independence, others prefer company to dig, climb, and sometimes even to sleep.


Orangutan Foundation International Charlie & Karti

Charlie & Karti



Jennifer & Summers


Orangutan Foundation International Walman & Weyerhauser

Walman & Weyerhauser


Buddy systems help the orangutans to learn important skills from one another through sharing and imitation.


Jennifer & Yansi Seymour


Orangutan Foundation International Jenifer & Yansi

Jennifer & Yansi Seymour


We cannot forget the infrangible bond between young orangutan and mother that these orphans once knew in the wild. The illegal pet industry as well as habitat destruction from logging and land modification for palm oil plantations have induced an overwhelming orphan phenomenon. As young orangutans work together and flourish as pairs at the OCCQ, we must also work together as a species to protect their habitat and save them from extinction.

Orangutan Foundation International Doris & Lucky

Doris & Lucky


Orangutan Foundation International Rimbaraya

Holland & Iribe

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  • Lucy Hairston
    2017-03-11 at 5:20 PM

    Such a great story with wonderful pictures

  • Nicole
    2017-03-13 at 3:04 PM

    Beautiful story. Wonderful pictures. Love them!!

  • Julia Hyland
    2017-03-30 at 1:30 AM

    What stunning and just wonderful pictures, fantastic. I was incredibly blessed to be able to see these most wonderful friends of ours on a visit to Borneo a couple of years, thanks to amazing guides such as Jeffrey Ansoon I saw them in the wild in their own place every day……

  • Cherry Hick
    2019-08-08 at 5:33 PM

    Am I able to become a foster parent to Doris?I think she is just so gorgeous.


  • Binti
    2019-08-08 at 8:40 PM

    Unfortunately you’re not able to foster Doris currently, but there are a lot of other orangutans that could use your help here:


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