Matt made Matt’s Orangutan App to help save endangered orangutans, which makes him my hero
If you’re passionate about a certain thing, you know as well as I do that you’re always scrounging all over the web to feed that passion. If you love orangutans, for example, you have to go to many different sites to find info on palm oil and other threats, activist groups and petitions, and of course, info about the noble creatures themselves.
Matt Berridge, an orangutan keeper at the Toronto Zoo, is passionate about orangutan survival (disclaimer: so am I), which is why he created Matt’s Orangutan App. There are only two orangutan species, and they’re both endangered, one critically (that’s just one notch away from extinct).
Matt made his app, which gathers info from select sites, so it would be easier for people who share his dedication to stay informed and take action, and to make it easier for newbies to get the big picture and get involved.
This is not the kind of app you download from an app store. It’s a web app, which essentially means it’s a website that, when opened on your mobile device, looks and acts like an app.
The Home page features the latest news articles pulled in from a number of reputable sites. Swipe left on the image to see other main categories (Adoption, Purchase Land, Petitions). Once on those pages, you have to click the category name (in the main image) to display the content. Click the red buttons to go straight to sites where you can make a difference.
To add the app icon to your iPhone’s screen, tap the “share” icon at the bottom of the screen (arrow in a rectangle) and choose “Add to Home Screen.” (Here’s how you do it on Android.) (Did you know you can do this for any website?)
Web apps are often not as slick as “real” apps, but they’re a great option for non-developers on a mission. Bless Matt’s great big heart for creating this one.
Matt’s Orangutan App on the web