Reaching New Heights For Orangutans. Trasforming the lives of orangutans here and in the wild.

We’re building a new outdoor home for orangutans at your Toronto Zoo.
The new home will enrich the lives of orangutans in our care, allow for observational research, and connect guests to the issues facing orangutans in the wild and the actions they can take to fight extinction.

The cost for the new habitat, research station and educational activation is $10 million, and we already have $7.9 million in place. Your support to raise the final $2.1 million is critical. Please reach out for orangutans with a donation today.

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For orangutans in the wild, extinction is a real and constant threat.

The world lost an estimated 120,000 orangutans in the past decade, primarily due to habitat loss. Every day acres and acres of the Sumatran rainforest – the orangutan’s natural habitat – is removed to make way for oil palm plantations.

Your Toronto Zoo is building a new outdoor home for the 6 orangutans in our care, complete with climbing structures, streams and a behavioural research station. The new outdoor facility – open to the sunlight and breezes – will stimulate our troops’ physical, social and intellectual needs, and enrich their daily lives.

Guests will be able to enjoy watching these intelligent great apes, and at the same time learn about what they can do each and every day to help orangutans in the wild by making sustainable palm oil choices.

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Help us reach new heights and raise the remaining $2.1 million!


To build a new outdoor habitat, with climbing structures, hills, streams and towers.

To create a research station where animal behavioural scientists can study the orangutans.

To inform and engage Zoo guests in the issues facing orangutan survival due to unsustainable palm oil practices.

We have already received tremendous support for the project, but there is still much to be done. The cost to build and equip our new outdoor orangutan habitat is $10 million and we need to fill the $2.1 million gap by April 30, 2021.

The City of Toronto has committed $4.7 million to the orangutan habitat, and dedicated supporters including Compass Group Canada, the Lawrence Schafer Foundation, Juan and Stefania Speck and many others have made impactful donations that will help bring this project to life.

We are partnering with visionary individuals, foundations and corporations that care deeply about the welfare of the animals with whom we share our planet.

We invite you to take part in this unique opportunity to support a premier project that will enrich and inspire; that will demonstrate your commitment to the well-being of the orangutans in our care, and the survival of orangutans in the wild. Please download our Case for Support to learn more about what your donation will mean for orangutans.