Lone Droscher-Nielsen, President and Patron

Contact: info@forests4orangutans.org

Lone Droscher-Nielsen is known internationally as a champion for orangutans, and as one of the foremost experts in the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of these orangutans. She is the founder and manager of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintrduction Project in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. This project, opened in 1999, is now the largest primate rescue project in the world, with over 600 orangutans in its care presently. The project not only rescues and rehabilitates hundreds of orphaned orangutan infants with the goal of a return to the wild, but also rescues hundreds of wild orangutans from oil-palm plantations which clear their habitat and decimate their populations. Lone’s project is the only orangutan project actively rescuing large numbers of wild orangutans. These orangutans are returned to safe forests which have been secured by Lone.

Lone began working with orangutans 16 years ago while she worked as an air hostess with SAS. In 1995, she moved permanently to Borneo to devote her life to saving orangutans. Originally from Denmark, Lone has now become internationally as the saviour of orangutans. Many films have featured the work of Lone and her team, most notably National Geographic’s Disenchanted Forest, Animal Planet’s Growing Up…Orangutan and Orangutan Island, BBC’s Apes In Danger: Orangutan, Saving Planet Earth and two series of Orangutan Diary.