About JORC’s background of the establishment and goals
Japan Orangutan Research Center (JORC) is an NPO led by experienced ex-zookeepers and researchers that was established in 2016. The roots of the organization’s establishment can be traced back to 2004, when the NPO directors, who were graduate students at that time, established a wild orangutan research site in Malaysia’s Danum Valley Conservation Area. After that, researchers and zookeepers interacted with each other to share information and agreed to “do something immediately” for the critically endangered wild animal overseas and domestic captive animals. This group has gradually expanded and have created a place for people specialized in orangutans as well as for those with strong passion to do something for the orangutans. This NPO consists of four approaches to promote orangutan’s attractiveness and their latest situations.