The Orangutan SAFE program moves beyond the goals of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP), of which the aim is to manage our captive populations, by focusing specifically on the conservation of the wild orangutan population.
The Orangutan SAFE program aims to protect and restore the wild orangutan population and their habitats through public engagement, funding, and field work.
MISSION & HISTORY.
Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) works to harness the collective expertise, resource and reach of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save species and promote wildlife protection.
The SAFE Orangutan program (OSAFE) was launched in 2018. The focus of OSAFE is to identify the threats orangutans face in the wild and collaborate among AZA institutions to work to protect this incredible species.
OSAFE has a three year action plan that was submitted in 2020 that looks at the direct threats orangutans face and how we can work together to reduce those threats and help this critically engendered species thrive. As part of this plan we have hands on projects in Borneo that directly work in habitat restoration and orangutan rehabilitation.
Click on the pictures below to learn more about threats to orangutans.