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WWF Adopt a Orang-utan Gift Pack

Adopt an Orang-Utan

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from £3.00 a month

  • Gift pack includes a cuddly orang-utan toy, factbook, bookmarks, stickers, and a personalisable certificate!
  • Receive regular updates with WWF’s “Wild World” and “My Orang-utans” magazines.
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Last Minute Gift

Last Minute Gift?

Left it til the last minute again? No problem! WWF offer a gift certificate to print or email so you have something to give on the big day. Your gift pack will then be received within 10 days of purchase.

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FREE Standard Delivery

Your gift pack will be delivered within the UK FREE of charge. Your package will be sent out within 3 business days, but please allow up to 10 days for delivery.

Express Delivery

Express Delivery

Express Delivery costs £3.79 if you order before 2pm Monday - Thursday. Your gift pack will then be delivered within 2 - 3 working days.

WWF Registered Charity Number: 1081247

Adopt an Orang-utan

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Orang-utans Need Your Help

In the last 60 years, Orang-utan numbers have fallen by up to 50% across the globe. You can help WWF safeguard the future of these beautiful creatures with a monthly adoption donation and help protect these gentle giants and their habitat.

Orang-utans are now only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. If the current rate of deforestation continues, Borneo could lose most of its lowland forests in less than ten years, leaving these creatures with nowhere to live. By making a donation you will be helping WWF to create extended protected areas of rainforest, whilst also teaching local communities how to manage their area through the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Adopt an Orang-utan Gift Pack with Cuddly Toy

When you adopt an orang-utan with WWF you are not only helping to safeguard their future, but you get your own cheeky monkey as well! That’s right the WWF Adopt an Animal gift pack comes with a cuddly toy of your chosen animal.

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Adopt an Orang-utan

5 Orang-utan Facts

  1. There are two species of orang-utans. The Sumatran orang-utan and the Bornean orang-utan which live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo respectively.
  2. The orang-utan is a great ape along with gorillas chimpanzees and bonobos. This means they have large brains, gripping hands and forward facing eyes.
  3. Human beings are also great apes which means we share 96.4% of our genetic makeup with the orang-utan.
  4. Orang-utan’s arms stretch out longer than their bodies and have a span of up to 8 feet.
  5. Orang-utan’s are extremely strong and this gives them the ability to hang upside down from tree branches for long periods of time so they can feed on fruit and leaves.

Why Adopt an Orang-utan?

Orang-utan’s are a species of great ape, which means they are a distant relative of human beings. They tend to be solitary creatures but do forge bonds with other orang-utans that live in their area. These great apes spend the vast majority of their lives up in the trees, using their long strong arms to swing across the forest and hang from branches whilst they consume fruit. Unfortunately for such a peaceful animal, their survival is at stake. Over the last half-century, their numbers have declined by as much as 50%. If that is not enough to convince you, then here are five reasons why you should adopt an orang-utan

1. Help WWF Stop Habitat Destruction

As with all endangered species, habitat destruction represents the single greatest threat to the survival of the orang-utan. Orang-utan’s live in Indonesia which is rich in natural resources so their habitat is being destroyed to exploit precious metals or oil. Unless organisations like WWF step in and do something, the fate of the orang-utan is all but sealed. By adopting an orang-utan through WWF, you will be providing the funds needed so that the WWF can create and extend protected areas of rainforest and ensure the species survival.

2. Support WWF’s Efforts In Promoting Sustainable Palm Oil Use

The rainforests that serve as home to the orang-utan have the ideal climate and soil to support palm plantations which produce palm oil. Since palm oil is found in 50% of the products in your local supermarket, it should come as no surprise that the forest is being cleared to make way for these plantations. There is a sustainable way to make palm oil which does not harm the habitat of the orang-utan. By adopting an orang-utan through WWF you will be aiding its efforts in promoting the use of sustainable palm oil to both manufacturers and consumers.

3. Prevent Human Conflict

Despite falling numbers of orang-utans, local people living in the rainforests of Indonesia continue to hunt the species as they seek to make a living from agriculture. As many as 3000 orang-utans are killed every year despite the fact that this hunting is completely unnecessary. By adopting an orang-utan through WWF, you will be helping to fund education efforts that will allow local communities to better manage their relationship with protected areas and with this endangered species.

 

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4. Stop The Illegal Pet Trade

Somethings just shouldn’t be allowed to happen. If you visit the street markets of Jakarta, you will eventually come across a caged baby orang-utan that is for sale. This is cruel and completely unconscionable and the practice needs to be stopped. Organisations like WWF are in a position to do something about this and you can help their efforts by adopting an orang-utan.

5. Gift Someone Special An Orang-utan Adoption

What do you gift someone that doesn’t cost you a fortune and who probably has everything they need anyway? Well, the simple answer is WWF orang-utan adoption. It’s a thoughtful gift idea that does some good for the world and the recipient will get a cuddly toy, regular updates on the conservation efforts with orang-utans and other goodies as well.

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About WWF

For a small regular monthly fee you can Adopt an Animal with WWF for yourself or a friend which will help to safeguard the future of your selected species and their habitat. Animal adoptions make great charity gifts and are also an excellent way to show your support to the worlds wildlife and help to fund the work WWF does on conservation. You can also support their great work with a WWF Membership or by choosing from one of their selection of charity gifts at the WWF Shop.

WWF Charity Information

WWF are the worlds largest independent environmental organisation. Originating in the UK where they were formed in 1961 they are now active all over the world. As a charity the WWF rely heavily on donations from members and supporters.

WWF Facts

  • a truly global network who are active in over than 100 countries
  • a science-based organisation who tackle issues including the survival of species and habitats, climate change, sustainable business and environmental education
  • over five million supporters worldwide
  • 90 per cent of their income comes from donations from people and the business community

WWF’s Mission

WWF are on a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment. They want to build a future in which we can live in harmony with nature. It’s a simple mission statement but difficult to achieve. They aim to use their practical experience and knowledge to find and implement longterm solutions. They have set out some clear pointers to help achieve their goal.

  • Conserve the world’s biological diversity.
  • Campaign for the use of renewable and sustainable resources.
  • Reduce pollution and wasteful consumption.

Latest News

UK Retailer Seeking To Highlight The Plight Of Orangutans Has Had Its Ad Banned

British supermarket chain Iceland has had its Christmas television campaign pulled from television screens because the regulator felt the advertisement breached political advertising rules. The discount retailer came together with Greenpeace who had already created an animated short film that highlighted the threat to the orangutan whose rainforest habitat is being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. Iceland rebranded the film to make the public aware that it would not be selling in-house branded products that use palm oil.

Rescued Orangutans Released Back Into The Wild

A pair of orangutans, mother and son, were recently released back into their original habitat after having undergone an intense period of rehabilitation. The International Animal Rescue in partnership with the West Borneo Forestry Department returned the mother and son back to the wild after a period of three years. The mother whose name is Maili had been at the Indonesian rehab centre since 2015 and her son was obviously born in captivity.

Smoke Inhalation A Real Threat To The Survival Of The Orangutan

Large scale farming, human encroachment and logging have resulted in habitat loss for orangutans which are now critically endangered. If that threat was not enough, they face another threat in the form of smoke that results from both natural and man-made fire according to the results of a new study. Researchers studying orangutans in the forests of Indonesian Borneo found that their work had to be halted as a result of fires which they helped fight. These fires usually occur every year when small farms and plantations clear the forest to plant crops.

New Species Of Orangutan Discovered

Scientists studying a tiny population of orangutans in the Northern part of Sumatra have discovered a new species of great ape. Great apes are a group that include humans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos, with orangutans being the most distant relatives of human beings. Until the latest discovery, there have only been two distinct orangutan species, the Bornean and the Sumatran. Now apparently, there is a third species of orangutan.