Orangutan caring week is a worldwide event held annually every november.

See the 2023 Orangutan Caring week events

It began as Orangutan Awareness Week but it soon became apparent that just being aware of the plight of orangutans was not enough. We need to care...and care enough to be moved to action to save these incredible red-haired apes and their rainforest homes.

If ever there was a time to care,
that time is now!

We need to express our concern and create positive change through activities and initiatives that go beyond mere talk. Action is needed to save the orangutans and their rainforest homes.

Leveraging AI to Protect Orangutans and Global Diversity

November 12 to 18, 2023
Theme: Leveraging AI to Protect Orangutans and Global Diversity


The submission period has ended and VOTING HAS BEGUN!

Vote for your favorite from now until Nov. 17th, 2023 10pm (EST). Winners will be announced on the last day of Orangutan Caring Week on Nov. 18th, 2023. Vote Here

The Orangutan Crisis

Palm Oil

Huge demand for palm oil is undoubtedly the greatest threat to orangutans. As forests are converted to palm oil plantations, the animals are rapidly losing their habitat.
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Before the explosion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, logging was the greatest threat to orangutans.
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Conflict with humans

Conflict between humans and wildlife is one of the greatest threats to the survival of endangered species throughout the world, including orangutans.
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Illegal Pet Trade

While it has been illegal to own or trade orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia for decades, the orangutan trade continues to flourish.
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Hunting for meat takes an unusually high toll on orangutans.
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Agriculture is expanding throughout the orangutan's range, fragmenting its remaining habitat.
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Climate Change

The future of the orangutan is linked to the future of its rainforest home which face long-term effects of climate change.
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Forest Fires

In recent years, the frequency and intensity of forest fires have increased with catastrophic effects for rainforests.
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Other Issues

Illegal gold mining, pulp and paper industries are also impacting orangutan populations.
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The Solutions


Rehabilitation & Reintroduction

There are hundreds of orphaned and displaced orangutans in rescue and rehabilitation centers that need our support.



Education is crucial to overcoming conservation challenges for the long term.


Smart Shopping

The collective power of consumers can impact manufacturers.