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The following organizations and individuals who planned events during or around Orangutan Caring (Awareness) Week 2013.  If you know of any held events that are not listed here, kindly inform us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will post them.  

Organizations from the following countries participated: Australia & New Zealand,  Czech Republic, Indonesia , United States, and UK


 Australia & New Zealand


Adelaide, South Australia

For more information contact Bev at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.http://www.withcompassion.com.au ; http://www.saveorangutans.org.au

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Perth, WA

November 23, 2013

To celebrate Orangutan Awareness Week, Orangutan Foundation International Australia (OFIA) is encouraging everyone to buy tickets to a special fundraiser and movie screening of the beautiful, award-winning film The Last Trimate. The movie screening will be followed by light bites and refreshments plus there will be the opportunity for guests to buy rainforest, merchandise and pledge their support.

To purchase tickets: 


Auckland, New Zealand
November 9-17, 2013

Saturday, Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 17, 9.30am - 5.30pm: Auckland Zoo has a whole week of incredible events planned. There will be lots of fun orangutan-themed games and activities at the Zoo!
10am - 4pm (daily) - facepainting
10.30am (daily) -story-telling
12.30pm (daily) - orangutan encounters
2.30pm (daily) - Meet an orangutan keeper
10.15am - 11.30am and 1pm - 2pm (11 and 15 November) - Behavioural enrichment for orangutans
11am - 12noon and 1pm - 2pm (9, 10, 16 and 17 November) - Kung fu workshops

Thursday 14 November (5pm - 8pm) - The Great Ape Race at Auckland Zoo

Saturday 16 November (7pm to midnight) - Cocktails for Orangutans at Montage
Bar Brothers

Sunday 17 November (9am - 1pm) - Grey Lynn Farmers Market in the entry plaza at Auckland Zoo

For more information, visit the webpage:

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Check out all the upcoming TOP events!!




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For the first time ever World Vegan Day will be held at The Melbourne Show grounds and TOP will have a stall there!!
At this year's event, there will be a spectacular array of inspiring talks, awesome entertainment and music, tempting cooking demo’s as well as enlightening healing and fun activities for the kids...and TOP will be there!!
Would you like to volunteer at the TOP stall? Please email Amber for more information:
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Date: November 9, 2013
Time: 8am – 5:30pm

Visit The Orangutan Project's stall at the Fyshwick Markets It will be a great chance to do some Christmas shopping!
Location: Fyshwick fresh food markets. Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston
For more information:

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Let's Go Ape

Date: 30-Nov-2013

Price: $50 per Person

Book Online Tickets at Door Raffle/Lucky Door Prize

Time:    7pm

Location: 99 On York, at 99 York Street Sydney

Age Restriction: 18+

Contact: Gail Browning via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Guests, TOP President Leif Cocks, TOP ambassador Cornelia Frances, comedian Johnny Pace, model/actress Annalise Braakensiek and 2GB Vet, Dr. Rob Zammit invite you and your friends to this special Sydney event!

Come along and help save the Critically Endangered Orangutan species which is under threat due to habitat loss and rapidly expanding palm oil plantations.

Please wear something orange, and be prepared for a night of fun and great entertainment, with lots of prizes for the raffle and auction!


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Adelaide, South Australia

Nov. 10-16, 2013

ADELAIDE ZOO in Australia will have a palm oil product display in front of their orangutan enclosure each day of Orangutan Caring Week where visitors can learn about product labeling and how to check if palm oil is in the products they purchase. Zoo Keepers will be doing extra daily keeper talks, too.
...and be sure to check out the Zoo's website that is packed with plenty of information all about orangutans and the palm oil issue.


For more information: Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide SA 5000

Phone + 61 8 8267 3255 | E  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.zoossa.com.au


Czech Republic

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ZOO Dvůr Králové
November 10, 2013

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Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic will celebrate the third birthday of orangutan baby, Tessa, on November 10, 2013.

Employees of the nutrition and zoology department and basic schools lead by Mgr. Jana Rehorova will prepare a fruit cake, presents and enrichment for birthday female Tessa. She was born on 13th November 2010; her mother ‘s name is Zaneta.
The event will be held as a part of Orangutan Caring Week campaign held in cooperation with numerous associations, including EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). The aim of the campaign is to inform the general public about the destruction of rain forests – natural habitat of both orang utan species – which can lead to their quick extinction.










South Aceh

To be announced

West Kalimantan

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Ketapang, West Kalimantan

To be announced.      

Jakarta, Java

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Jakarta, Java 

To be announced.

Yogyakarta, Java

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Sound for Orangutan is an annual charity concert to raise fund for orangutan conservation that is organized by COP. You can be an agent to save orangutans through charity music event, Sound for Orangutan. Be there and save orangutan! Make small thing for big impact to orangutans!

Who? Marcell Siahaan, Ballads of the Cliche, L’Alphalpha, Leonardo & His Impeccable Six, Raygava et. al, & GraviTri

When? Saturday, 16 NOV 2013

Where? Borneo Beerhouse, Jl. Madrasah 14, Jeruk Purut, Jakarta Selatan.

How? Donasi 80K, contact: 081910434897 (Whatsapp) or 085691691760 or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Twitter: @sound4orangutan

Website: www.sound4orangutan.com.

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Medan and surrounding areas in N. Sumatra

Organizations: Orangutan Caring Club-N. Sumatra, Sumatran Orangutan Society-OIC, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, and other members of the Sumatran Orangutan Consortium
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Medan, Sumatra
November 10-16, 2013

The Orangutan Caring Club of North Sumatra held activities in downtown Medan and in the Bukit Lawang area in schools during Orangutan Caring Week or Pekan Peduli Orangutan.

For more information, contact Mr. Herman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..






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Medan, Sumatra
November 10-16, 2013

During Orangutan Caring Week, Sumatra Environmental Education Concern will be working together with Chandra Kusuma School near Medan, North Sumatra, during their 'Crime' theme week. We will be teaching lessons on Environmental Crimes and the Illegal Wildlife Trade, focusing on orangutans and enforcement of Indonesian conservation laws. We will have an information and merchandise stand and will be hoping to raise money for local orangutan charities, through donations, and selling palm oil free cakes and cookies! {:(|}

For more information contact Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sumatraeec


Twitter: @SumatraEEC


United States

abq biopark

Albuquerque, NM
Nov 9, 2013, 10am – 2pm

Discover the fascinating natural history of orangutans and learn how you can help them.

Orangutans face many threats in the wild, from habitat loss to poaching. Only two species remain in the world today; one is critically endangered while the other is listed as endangered.The good news is... YOU can help!

Come learn about conservation efforts, and discover the fascinating natural history of the orangutan and other great apes. Visitors can help create enrichment items to be given to the Zoo's orangutans. Learn how "Our Actions Matter!" when it comes to protecting one of our planet's most intelligent primates.

ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 Tenth Street SW, Albuquerque,NM87102


cameron park zoo


Waco, TX

November 9-16, 2016

Cameron Park Zoo will kick off Orangutan Caring Week on November 9th with their annual Wildlife Wonderland Day where animals enjoy a variety of enrichment activities and Zoo guests can participate in creating some of the enrichment devices. Throughout the week at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm Zoo visitors can enjoy watching the orangutans receive enrichment and participate in training sessions while zookeepers give presentations aimed at enhancing awareness about this magnificent species. Visitors can register to win a painting created by the zoo's Orangutans. Check out the Cameron Park Zoo Facebook page each day between November 10th and 16th to learn interesting facts about orangutans.



center for great apes

Wauchula, FL
Nov. 9-16, 2013

Every day is Orangutan Caring Day at The Center for Great Apes!! The Center of Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary of orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.

Visit their Facebook page for OCW updates: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForGreatApes


como zoo

St. Paul, MN
Nov.9-11, 2013

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, MN will be having their Orangutan Awareness Event Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11th.

Here are some activities that are planned:
- Orangutan enrichment each day at 10:15 a.m.
- Meet anorangutan zookeeper and learn how they care for the zoo’s orangutans at our Zookeeper Talk, 11:00 a.m. all three days.
- Learn about palm oil and how it affects wild orangutans. Pick up or download a copy of the “Palm Oil Shopping Guide” for your smartphone and learn about companies that use sustainable palm oil in their products.
- Check out great ape biofacts, like skulls and hand prints
- Other activities planned are: an orangutan craft, scavenger hunt, and games for all ages!


dumond conservancy

Miami, FL

November 16 & 17, 2013

The DuMond Conservancy, a not-for-profit scientific organization located on the grounds of Monkey Jungle, celebrated Orangutan Caring Week.  Educational fliers and posters were distributed throughout Monkey Jungle grounds promoting Orangutan Caring Week.  On November 16 and 17 there was an informational table, equipped with engaging activities, next to the orangutan enclosure that had been appropriately themed to inform guests on the plight of orangutans and aims to inspire the guests to take action for orangutans.  




el paso zoo


El Paso, TX

Nov. 9-10 and 15-16, 2013

November 9 to November 17 is Orangutan Caring Week. This campaign encourages people around the world to support orangutan conservation efforts including how we are asking people to avoid "purchasing products that use palm oil, palm kernelor other palm oil plant products unless they come from sustainable sources." Unfortunately at this time that is almost impossible to do since products with palm oil in El Paso are not labeled as coming from 100% sustainable sources.

At the El Paso Zoo on November 9 and 10 and 15 and 16 we have special orangutan presentations planned each day at our Sumatran Orangutan Exhibit at 12:30. During this time we will be doing what we try to do every day and that is help our guests understand how they can help orangutans by learning about the palm oil crisis and downloading our free Palm Oil Guide and Scanner app. Learn more at

During this week and over the next few months our Conservation Committee is also reviewing proposals on how we can support in-situ conservation efforts in Indonesia and Malaysia in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund, the APE TAG and other groups.







Erie, PA
Nov 10-16, 2013

Erie Zoo's awesome docents set up tables outside the Orangutan exhibit for Orangutan Caring Weekk!!! The tables had information on Palm Oil, general info about Orang diets, and a table filled with enrichment and Orangutan pictures kids could color and stick to the exhibit glass. 



greenville zoo


Greenville, SC

November 11-16, 2013

The battle to save the Orangutan is reaching a crisis point!  We must work together with a common goal of saving them and their rainforest homes.

Join the Greenville Zoo as we highlight our Orangutans, Mia, Chelsea and Bob and their wild cousins and wild places!

Swing in everyday, from 11:00am to 1:00pm for different educational experiences and opportunities.  


henry villas zoo

Madison, WI
November 9-15, 2013

Henry Vilas Zoo will be hosting a variety of demonstrations, activities and informational sessions to help you learn more about orangutans and what you can do to help sustain their populations in the wild.

Funds raised throughout the week-long celebration will benefit Henry Vilas Zoo's Orangutan SSP (Species Survival Plan) Field Project.

Check out their webpage for the Schedule of Events: http://www.vilaszoo.org/events/index.php?category_id=5211

Also at Henry Vilas Zoo: Conservation Talk
In the realm of the red ape: among Borneo's last orangutans


On Nov. 15, 2013, please join Dr. Graham L. Banes and Henry Vilas Zoo for a special presentation and hors d'oeuvres to culminate our celebration of Orangutan Caring Week.

DATE:Friday, November 15
TIME:5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Open registration at the door begins at 5 p.m.

Anna Vilas Hall at Henry Vilas Zoo

For more information:


houston zoo


Houston, TX
Nov 9-17, 2013

Once again the HOUSTON ZOO will be participating in Orangutan Caring Week. The zoo will be hosting a "Spotlight on Species" event focusing on orangutans on November 9-10. They will have informational handouts that include facts about orangutans, about their specific orangutans, palm oil and shopping guide. They will also have several activities for guests to participate in: how far is an orangutan's reach, an orangutan sized sweater to put on and games to play.

They are having a "Leaves of Gratitude" activity, in which guests will color a paper leaf and place it on the tree. Each leaf will be sent to companies that participate in RSPO to thank them in their participation of using sustainable palm oil in their products.

They will also be selling several items to raise money for orangutan conservation. The items consist of orangutan painted picture frames with the animal that painted the frames picture, notecards, finger puppets, bracelets, bookmarks, small orangutan paintings, orangutan painted Christmas ornaments and this year, for the first time; orangutan painted sun catchers.

The primate staff will be giving keeper chats in front of the orangutan viewing area for the week of November 9-17.






Kansas City, MO
November 16, 2013


The Kansas City Zoo will be participating in OCW on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They will have several tables set up in the main lobby which will include bio-facts, palm oil and how it affects the orangutans' habitat, educational and take action material. 


Their goal is to educate visitors of all ages, help them appreciate these magnificent animals and show how their actions/decisions can help save the orangutans from extinction.  Zoo docents will be working these tables and interpreting at the orangutan exhibit.






King Chavez Community High School

San Diego, CA

November 18-22, 2013

Here at KCCHS we are doing presentations to classes of students, giving basic information on how special orangutans are, about where they live and why we love them. We then talk about the human impact on the Indonesian rainforests and the results of deforestation. We make an appeal to the students to sign a petition against further deforestation. We also set the goal of raising enough money to sponsor a refugee orangutan for a year. 


little rock zoo


Little Rock, AR

November 16, 2013

Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, will be participating in Orangutan Caring Week 2013. We are having our big celebration Day on November 16th from 9am-3pm, where guests can talk with our orangutan keepers, learn more about our orangutans here at the zoo, and most importantly how our guest's everyday actions can help orangutans in Indonesia. We will have plenty of activities for kids, and great informational handouts for adults. We'll be going over, especially with kids, how going grocery shopping is especially important when trying to have a positive impact on orangutan's habitat. We are also having a prize drawing if guests come with a funky hair-do (since funky hair-do's are a fantastic way to tell orangutans apart) or wear orange in support of orangutans, they can be entered to win a prize.





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 Los Angeles, CA

The Orangutan Conservancy (OC) encouraged all of their supporters to take an active role  in “Orangutan Caring Week,” the annual week-long event that draws much needed attention to the crisis facing orangutans.  OC was pleased to take part with over 30 other conservation organizations and thousands of concerned people around the globe. The theme for 2013 is “Unite To Fight the Extinction of the Orangutan,” and that message is needed more than ever as orangutans and their rainforest homes face larger threats today than at any other time.

OC continues to spread the word about helping orangutans during this important upcoming week and every day.

Please keep any eye on their website, FB and Twitter during Orangutan Caring Week.




Twitter: @OrangutanC


louisville zoo


Louisville, KY

November 16-17, 2013

The Louisville Zoo will be focusing on Orangutans the weekend of Nov. 16th and 17th. They will have keeper talks, extra enrichment throughout the days, biofacts and educational material available. There will also be docent interpreters to educate the public throughout the weekend when the keepers are not out there. One of their males, Segundo, turns 26 on the 12th so they will also be doing a birthday party for him that day.





Omaha, NE

November 16, 2013

Stop by Hubbard Gorilla Valley on Saturday, November 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to learn all about orangutans and what you can do to help protect these endangered primates in the wild. Meet an orangutan keeper and have an opportunity to symbolically adopt an orangutan through our Adopt-An-Animal program.

Orangutan Conservation Starts With You! In the words of Jane Goodall, "What you do makes a difference, but you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." Let's all make a positive difference to help orangutans!

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Philadelphia, PA

November 13, 2013

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Celebrate with us on Facebook by joining us for a chat with our orangutan expert Dr. Meredith Bastian. Learn anything you ever wanted to know about the species from Meredith, who spent more than seven years studying orangutans in the field. If you can't make the live chat, you can always leave your question in the comments on the Facebook page and Meredith will do her best to answer on Thursday.

Dr. Meredith L. Bastian, curator of primates at Philadelphia Zoo, spent more than seven years at her own field site of Sungai Lading and at Tuanan and Gunung Palung, conducting dissertation and post-doctoral field research on the cultural behavior, diet, ecology, genetics and reproduction of wild Bornean orangutans. She serves on the Orangutan SSP (Species Survival Plan) and ApeTAG (Taxon Advisory Group) steering committees and on the advisory boards of the Orangutan Land Trust and PONGO Foundation (of the Netherlands).

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiazoo
Learn more about orangutans and what Philadelphia Zoo is doing to help them on the website: http://bit.ly/Zwm4S5

racine zoo


Racine, WI
November 16, 2013, 10:00-2:00

Swing by and check out the special activities at Racine Zoo

  • Measure your arms to an orangutan's
  • Talk with orangutan specialists
  • Learn aboutMax and Jenny, our own orangutans
  • Touch orangutan hair (not actually on a live orangutan)!
  • Learn the differences between apes and monkeys
  • Get creative with special orangutan crafts
  • Learn aboutpalm oiland how it affects wild orangutans
  • Orangutan artwork and orangutan-safe body care products available for sale

For more information:https://www.racinezoo.org/orangutan-awareness-day-0

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Students for Great Ape Conservation
Miami, FL
November 16, 2013

Students for Great Ape Conservation, a student organization at Florida International University (FIU),  promoted Orangutan Caring Week at FIU by making various announcements to classes as well as hosting a "Palm oil-free Bake Sale" to raise funds for Dr. Ian Singleton's Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.  Members of this organization also created enrichments for the Apes of Monkey Jungle on November 16 while engaging guests and informing them about the plight of Orangutans. 

Students for Great Ape Conservation (SGAC) is an organization founded and managed by Florida International University students to promote global conservation efforts of the great ape species of the world.   In their work, the students of SGAC focus on raising awareness and money through fundraising and awareness events on campus, and at local sites such as Monkey Jungle and Dumond Conservancy.




lowry zoo park

Tampa, FL 

November 9-16, 2013

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will be celebrated Orangutan Caring Week. There were informational talks given by zookeepers during the week, as well as displays detailing the threats orangutans are facing in the wild. TLPZ helped raise awareness of the plight of wild orangutans. Only by being aware will people start to care.





toledo zoo

Toledo, OH 

November 9-16, 2013

Toledo Zoo will have daily keeper talks, tables set up which will include bio-facts and educational material on orangutans, a display on palm oil and its threat to the orangutans' habitat, and interactive tables to show how our visitors can help save the orangutans from extinction.  The interactive tables will have a "shopping table" for the visitors to learn how to shop responsibly and a table with letters and petitions to sign encouraging corporations to also be responsible.



atlanta zoo

Atlanta, GA

November 10 & 16, 2013

Zoo Atlantawill be participating inOrangutan Caring Week!
They will have interactive educational events on Nov. 10th and 16th in front of the orangutan exhibits with educational materials about orangutans and palm oil. They will also have a fruit memory game which teaches kids how orangutans are able to remember where the best trees are located in order to obtain their food.



miami zoo

Miami, FL
November 16-17, 201310am-4pm

Zoo Miami Docents and the Conservation Teen Scientists  hosted Orangutan Awareness Week, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17, 10am-4pm. There were tables full of educational displays, biofacts, fun interactives, free temporary tattoos and more! Many visitors came to learn all about our resident orangutans, Bonnie and Mango, at the Zookeeper Talk 11:30 am daily.





United Kingdom

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London, England
Nov. 11-17, 2013

Orange for Orangutan Day©is onWednesday 13 Novemberthis year. This is your chance to ‘go orange’ and inject some orange zest into your day, in any way you like, to raise vital funds for orangutans and their rainforest home.

Past ideas have included cake sales, orangutan-themed tea parties, dressing in orange, and even bathing in baked beans…so the sky really is the limit!



An evening with Orangutan and Wildlife Expert John MacKinnon

12 November, 2013, 6.30pm-9pm

The Linnean Society London

Orangutan Foundation trustee Dr John MacKinnon has been a pioneer within the world of wild orangutan research. He embarked upon his orangutan studies in 1968 and has played a pivotal role in conservation in Asia. He has written and co-authored books (In Search of the Red Ape; A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali) and has recieved awards for his lifetime services to conservation.

On the 12th of November, Dr MacKinnon will be focusing on the continuing legacy and relevance of Wallace today. This evening in November will give vital insight into Wallace's work within such fields as island biogeography, climate change, conservation and his favourite species - the orangutan and its luxuriant home on Borneo. Ticket price includes wine and there will also be a raffle. 

For more information: http://www.orangutan.org.uk/current-news/events

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Colchester Zoo

Colchester, Essex

November 11-17, 2013

From Monday 11th to Sunday 17th November, Colchester Zoo took part in Orangutan Awareness Week, raising awareness about the plight of orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

Throughout the Orangutan Awareness Week, there was a stall in Orangutan Forest, with information about orangutans and the threats they face.They also helped raise funds for the Orangutan Foundation, based in Borneo; a project supported by the zoo’s charity Action for the Wild, by purchasing badges and keyrings. There was also be a raffle held over the week to win an Orangutan Keeper Shadowing Experience for 2 people!

Wednesday 13th Novemberwill was ‘Orange for Orangutan Day’, with visitors showing their support by dressing in orange.

For more information: http://www.colchester-zoo.com/index.cfm?fa=content.list&page=769&section=13



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London, UK

November 10-16, 2013

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Green Tree is GOING ORANGE FOR ORANGUTAN CARING WEEK by supporting the wildlife conservation charity Orangutan Protection Foundation (OPF)

They donate 100% of the profit from a selection of their products to the charity. They also sell merchandise on behalf of OPF, with all proceeds going to them for the conservation of the Orangutan and its rainforest habitat.

You'll find a dedicated OPF category for charity-related items when you enter the SHOP http://www.greentree.co/

Visit the Orangutan Protection Foundation website and FB pages: