Go Ape Save Orphaned Orangutans From Extinction

Until Now: 3/9 Orangutans Saved&Released

I Don’t Want To Be Extinct, Help Rowena Release Me Back To My Family!

I am Aming, an orphaned orangutan who survived, barely made it alive and I haven’t seen my family for a long time. Rowena and her team at the Sintang Orangutan Center are helping me prepare to be a wild Orangutan in Borneo 

In December 2017, 3 of my sisters were released back to the wild and I am determined to join them in our natural home.

I need you help in my journey home…

When I watched this video, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of this special project. – Brian Groot, Rotterdam

FOR ANY DONATION YOU GET ROWENA’S FREE E-BOOK:”How To Help Save Orphaned Orangutans From Extinction (Insights from 4 Weeks in Borneo at the Sintang Orangutan Center)”

Help Me Survive…

With Your Help, 6 of My Sibling Orangutans Will Be Saved From Extinction And Will Join Our Family. This Is How You Can Help:

I Am Hungry And I Dont Want To Starve To Death

Rowena brings me food but she needs money to buy and prepare it

Buy me a delicious, healthy Orangutan meal for the price of 2 coffee drinks

I Need Training To Learn To Survive In The Wild

I was a baby when SOC team found me. I forgot how to deal with the extreme wildlife. I need Rowena to teach me how to get food, build a shelter and survive in the wild!

I Need Resources To Prepare and Be Ready For My Release Back Home To My Brothers

Rowena and the team at Borneo Orangutan Center take great care of me through their enrichment plan but they need resources to complete it and release me back to my family

I Want To Be Home,Free In The Wild With My Family

 I don’t want to be kept as a pet! You want to sponsor my return home?

You can contribute more actively and sponsor my release back to the wild 


Rowena and her team at SOC helped release 3 of my siblings in December 2017. 

By donating to Go Ape you are helping Rowena save the 9 of us from extinction and sponsoring our release home, to the wilderness!

Helping and taking care of wild animals threatened with extinction is Rowena’s passion in life. Particularly us, the Great Apes. 

Enrichment is essential for my survival!

Peanuts in a ball of grass, honey in a tree trunk,
an ant nest, coconut, or a puzzle within which
fruit is hidden.

All examples of enrichment that Orangutans in
rescue centers get in order to stimulate their
natural behavior in captivity.
One of these
rescue centers is the Sintang Orangutan Center
(SOC) in Borneo where I, upon their invitation,
went to help out for a month.
Rowena is working on, among other things, enrichment program.

How Enrichment Can Save Apes from Extinction

It is everything that we do in order to stimulate the natural behavior of the animals
in captivity.
It can be about the way food is offered but also about how the shelters are designed. Enrichment is very important
because the animals are stimulated to solve problems, among other things. They also learn skills they need in order to be able to survive in the wild. They learn, for example, to search for food by themselves, to open fruits, what is poisonous, that they must first wash young bamboo so as to remove the small hairs on it,
to climb trees, and to build nests.

Rowena Teaches Me To:

  • Get Food
  • Get Shelter
  • Solve Problems Essential To Surviving in the Wild

We did it!

Looking back, Aming is proud. Proud that Alexandra and Rowena made,
developed, and documented an enrichment plan in 2 weeks
, and also worked on building and welding all enrichments together! Not in the least because she had only minimal working equipment
available. Drill bits were breaking all the time, the power went out, or a rain shower ensured that all tools were floating through the rescue center. But hey, they did it!

End Result:

  • 30 Item Enrichment Plan To Help Stimulate The Apes Brain to Deal with the Wild
  • A Plan Which In December 2017 Saved And Released 3 Orphaned Orangutans To Their Natural Environment 
  • Will Set The Apes Free in Their Natural Home

Ready to Get Involved in Saving Aming?

Who Helps Me?

My best friend Rowena is about taking care of endangered wildlife. 

Not only she is raising money through Rowena Goes Ape Foundation to feed and train me for my release back to my family, but also actually working as a volunteer in various Rescue Centers taking care of me and all kind of animals. 

But she also wants to get to work herself, with her own 2 feet in the dirt. By taking care of Chimpansees at the Ape Foundation in The Netherlands every Friday, but also by traveling 2 times a year to Rescue Centers elsewhere in the world.

Her work saves my life!


 Volunteer Animal Caretaker Blogger, Fundraiser, Speaker

We loved having Rowena with us. She is a very skilled and educated volunteer. She worked very hard, kept on going and we loved all the new enrichment she introduced. Very creative! All the animals from Gibbons to Crocodiles loved it. We hope she comes back soon!

Dr. Dyah Ayu Risdasari Tiyar Noviarinni – Vet &Manager Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, Indonesia

Our Lovely Donators Family

“Rowena has worked very hard for 3 weeks as a volunteer in Tasikoki in April 2015. She is motivated and experienced and knows how to take care of wildlife and all of its associated work. She brought many new ideas for enrichments.
Rowena raised on own account extra money for PPS Tasikoki. This is gratefully received and will be spent on the Orangutans as requested. Rowena is a cheerful, dedicated and reliable team player who could easily take over a leadership role if able to stay longer. “

Simon Purser Programme Manager Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does my money go to?

All donations go towards projects or Rescue Centers, such as Sintang Orangutan Center where Rowena personally has been involved with or still is.
The donations will be used by Rowena and her team to buy food for and train the orphaned Orangutans to be released in the wild, their natural home. 

You will also receive regular email updates on how the money will be spent. 

How is Rowena helping?

This is done through enrichment projects, complex trainings developed by Rowena and her team at SOC to help Apes learn to survive in the wild. Orangutans are being trained on how to find and get food, build shelters and stay safe. You can read more about enrichment in our free e-book, which documents this process and comes as a bonus with each donation.

How many Orangutans are being sheltered in the Sintang Orangutan

At the moment, there are 36 between the ages of 1 and 18. After arrival, they first go into quarantine in order to get used to their new environment and they receive medical care. After this, they are placed with the other Orangutans so as to develop their social skills and where they will furthermore learn the principles of the skills that they need in
order to survive in the wild. When the Orangutans are sufficiently strong, they will go to a forest school where they are further prepared in their national environment for their release in the nature. In the beginning, they will still being monitored, but in the end they will be able to live completely free. It is the goal that nine Orangutans will be freed this year in the Betung Kerihun National Park. Very exciting, for both the Orangutans and the Orangutan caretakers.

Where can I follow the project and find updates about the Orangutans release?

The best way to follow the Orangutans is through Rowena Goes Ape Facebook, where Rowena actively posts updates, photos and videos on the release of the Orangutans and all her rescue projects.

Are you ready to help save Aming from extinction and release him back to his family?