The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his 35+ year career working with orangutans - including establishing the most successful breeding colony of orangutans in the world. The Orangutan Project was formed with a key mission; to ensure that Critical Endangered wild orangutan species would be protected against extinction, and would continue to live in secure populations for generations to come.

Today, The Orangutan Project is a dynamic, fast-growing and successful not-for-profit project that supports a wide range of critical projects that address the holistic problem facing remaining fragmented orangutan populations - including fighting deforestation and habitat loss at the highest level. 

The projects funded by The Orangutan Project not only include direct orangutan conservation, such as orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and release programs, but also forest habitat protection and regeneration, education, research and local community partnerships. Tying funding into direct outcomes for the species has enabled The Orangutan Project to partner with the majority of orangutan conservation projects operating on the ground today in Borneo and Sumatra. 

This has greatly increased overall efficiency and transparency in saving the species as a whole, bringing together the key players and groups who are working tirelessly on the ground to ensure the species’ survival.

The long-term growth and sustainability of The Orangutan Project has been made possible only by the loyal support of our individual donors, many of whom have supported the organisation each year since inception.

Through orangutan ‘adoptions’, Save Forest, regular donations and critical appeals, the organisation has been able to achieve more for the species than any other orangutan conservation group. The ongoing support from our individual donors is imperative for the organisation to reach our goal of increasing the number of wild orangutans under The Orangutan Project’s permanent protection to 8,000, to ensure sufficient numbers of each orangutan species/subspecies survive indefinitely.


All orangutans will live in their natural habitat in secure and viable populations.


To ensure the survival of all orangutan species in their natural habitat and promote the welfare of all orangutans.

Our Achievements

Since its formation in 1998, The Orangutan Project has contributed more than USD$20 million directly into orangutan conservation projects and has earned a reputation amongst its partners and donors for being financially responsible and transparent.

We are committed to making sure your donations work as hard as possible. We don’t have an office - each member of our team works from their own home, using their own electricity, internet and infrastructure. This helps keep our overheads amongst the very lowest in the sector, and ensures as much of your donation as possible goes straight to where it’s needed most.

We are also working hard to increase and secure our future income streams. Our big goal is to raise USD$13 million dollars every year because we know that’s the only way we can secure the long term survival of all orangutan sub-species, and safeguard their jungle habitat. And we will achieve this, with your help!

Summary of Achievements in 2022/23


The Orangutan Project and Wildlife Conservation International

The Orangutan Project is a registered business name owned by Wildlife Conservation International. In order to bring the other species which have fallen outside of the umbrella of the holistic conservation strategy, namely, elephants, tigers and indigenous communities, three additional projects were added to our portfolio, the International Elephant Project, International Tiger Project and Forests for People. This ensures our project remains holistic and benefits all living beings in the ecosystems we’re working within, as well as provide an opportunity for donors to focus their impact on areas that are important to them.

In Canada, Wildlife Conservation International is represented by WCI Canada Foundation.

Impact Reports

For more information about our achievements, fundraising and distributions of funds visit our latest Impact Report.

View 2022-23 Impact Report

View 2021-22 Impact Report

View 2020-21 Impact Report

View 2019-20 Annual Report

View 2018-19 Annual Report

View 2017-18 Annual Report

View 2016-17 Annual Report

View 2015-16 Annual Report

View 2014-15 Annual Report

View 2013-14 Annual Report

View 2012-13 Annual Report

Audit Reports

Wildlife Conservation International commissionscomissions an independent accounting firm to audit our organisation each year, SW Audit. The audit information is submitted to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and other regional authorities where required.

View 2022-2023 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2022-2023 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2020-2021 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2020-2021 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2019-2020 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2019-2020 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statement

View 2016-2017 Audited Financial Statement


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Wildlife Conservation International is committed to social equity within all of our conservation projects and programs, and within our organisation. This is consistent with the essential characteristics of our organisation’s mission and concern for social justice and equity.

Wildlife Conservation International will at all times endeavour to:

  • promote equal opportunity;
  • prevent unlawful, direct and indirect discrimination, including sexual harassment; and
  • adopt policies, procedures and programs consistent with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination principles.

Wildlife Conservation International will not discriminate based on a person’s: race, colour, national or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, intellectual or physical impairment and disability.

Wildlife Conservation International complies with all relevant legislation in its pursuit of equal employment opportunities.