Forest for People (F4P) was established by founder and world-renowned conservation expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his 35+ year career working with orangutans, other rainforest fauna, and  supporting the indigenous rainforest communities to live and prosper sustainably within the last remaining viable rainforest ecosystems.

F4P projects not only include direct support to indigenous rainforest communities through projects such as childhood nutrition and education, but also helping the communities develop sustainable forms of agriculture under the rainforest canopy. And further, helping source both markets and fair prices for the commodities produced. Other initiatives include the support for sustainable eco tourism.

F4P works to support both ‘hunter gather’ and ‘slash and burn agriculture’ communities. Both practices were sustainable over centuries, until their ancestral lands have been eroded by the conversion into unsustainable mono cultures, such as palm oil and pulp paper.

It is our goal to help the transition to new agricultural practices, such as jungle rubber, shade coffee, and vanilla, etc. under the rainforest canopy, so that the communities can live and prosper sustainability within the last variable rainforest ecosystems, along with the natural fauna and flora.


All indigenous rainforest communities live and prosper within sustainable rainforest ecosystems.


To ensure rainforest communities prosper in harmony with the flora and fauna.

Our Achievements

Since its formation in 1998, Wildlife Conservation International has contributed more than USD$20 million directly into orangutan conservation projects and has earned a reputation amongst its partners and donors for being financially responsible and transparent.

We are committed to making sure your donations work as hard as possible. We don’t have an office - each member of our team works from their own home, using their own electricity, internet and infrastructure. This helps keep our overheads amongst the very lowest in the sector, and ensures as much of your donation as possible goes straight to where it’s needed most.

We are also working hard to increase and secure our future income streams. Our big goal is to raise USD$13 million dollars  every year for ten years, until we can make each ecosystem economically as well as environmentally sustainable, because we know that’s the only way we can secure the long term survival of rainforest ecosystems. And we will achieve this, with your help!

Summary of Achievements in 2022/23


Wildlife Conservation International

Forest for People is a project of Wildlife Conservation International (WCI)  founded in 1998. It is also the registered charity in New Zealand that exclusively raises funds for this humanitarian cause. 

Over two decades WCI has grown considerably due to the valuable support of donors and the relationships that were established with other conservation groups, local authorities and businesses. Initially saving orangutans, through The Orangutan Project, it also started saving other Critically Endangered species such as Sumatran tigers (International Tiger Project) and Sumatran elephants (International Elephant Project). Finally starting its humanitarian project Forests for People. Annual Reports

Impact Reports

For more information about our achievements, fundraising and distributions of funds visit our latest Impact Report.

View 2022-23 Impact Report

View 2021-22 Impact Report

View 2020-21 Impact Report

View 2019-20 Annual Report

View 2018-19 Annual Report

View 2017-18 Annual Report

View 2016-17 Annual Report

View 2015-16 Annual Report

View 2014-15 Annual Report

View 2013-14 Annual Report

View 2012-13 Annual Report

Audit Reports

Wildlife Conservation International commissionscomissions an independent accounting firm to audit our organisation each year, SW Audit. The audit information is submitted to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and other regional authorities where required.

View 2022-2023 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2022-2023 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2020-2021 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2020-2021 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2019-2020 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2019-2020 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement (Wildlife Conservation International Limited)

View 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement (Australian Orangutan Project)

View 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statement

View 2016-2017 Audited Financial Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Wildlife Conservation International is committed to social equity within all of our conservation projects and programs, and within our organisation. This is consistent with the essential characteristics of our organisation’s mission and concern for social justice and equity.

Wildlife Conservation International will at all times endeavour to:

  • promote equal opportunity;
  • prevent unlawful, direct and indirect discrimination, including sexual harassment; and
  • adopt policies, procedures and programs consistent with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination principles.

Wildlife Conservation International will not discriminate based on a person’s: race, colour, national or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, intellectual or physical impairment and disability.

Wildlife Conservation International complies with all relevant legislation in its pursuit of equal employment opportunities.