OFI is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and associates in 1986. Our mission is to support the conservation and the understanding of orangutans and their habitat, tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia, while caring for and rehabilitating ex-captive orangutans for release into the wild. OFI operates Camp Leakey, an orangutan research area within Tanjung Puting National Park. OFI also runs the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility in the Dayak village of Pasir Panjang near Pangkalan Bun, which is home to 330 displaced orangutans, and helps manages the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, where rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans are released into the wild. Through its field programs, OFI also provides employment at these facilities for over 200 local Indonesians.
The top five priority issues OFI works on include:
1. Stopping illegal logging, mining and forest conversion
2. Increasing sustainable economic alternatives for communities surrounding critical orangutan habitat
3. Assuring sustained funding for long-term in-situ orangutan research vital for effective conservation efforts
4. Educating the local public to understand orangutan and forest issues
5. Releasing ex-captive orangutans into suitable, protected habitat