The Story So Far
Orangutan Odysseys has been operating since 2011. Our Vision and Goal is to protect the environment of the orangutan, no matter where they live. So how are we going?
To say the struggle is a David and Goliath one would be an understatement. Large tracts of land have been cleared by powerful and wealthy palm oil companies. Many of these continue to slash and burn forest, causing untold havoc on the environment. Large land concessions continue to be handed out both legally and illegally.
However, palm oil demand has weakened. This could be due to the slowing global economy, over supply, a change in purchasing habits due to palm oils bad reputation or a combination of all three.
There is hope though. Orangutan Odysseys has worked hand in hand with local conservation groups that directly protect wildlife endangered by deforestation. In the last year, Orangutan Odysseys has teamed up with scientists, conservationists and researchers to introduce them to a public that is wants to help the orangutan. People such as Birute Galdikas, Leo Biddle, Leif Cocks, Ian Singleton, Gary Shapiro, Karmele Sanchez and more have joined us to show tourists their part of the orangutan world and to raise funds to help their causes.
In our first year of full operation, Orangutan Odysseys helped raise over $100,000 towards these causes. We have established hundreds of orangutan adoptions through The Orangutan Project (TOP) which not only help for a year but usually continue to help as people re-adopt their orangutan.
So while we have not yet changed the direction of destruction, we have put in place the relationships that will provide the bridge between the orangutan and the wider public.
In 2013 we will continue our fundraising trips and education programs through tourism and social media. We have also established the Trans Borneo Challenge in which we have invited 20 people from 10 different countries to walk, paddle and drive across Borneo, to raise awareness of the orangutan on a global scale and to raise more than $200,000, the single largest orangutan fundraiser ever.
With your help we can save the environment through tourism.