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Our Annual Report 2023 is here!

For almost thirty years, our 27 employees in Switzerland and a further 218 employees of our long-standing partners in Indonesia have dedicated themselves to preserving and protecting biodiversity and promoting the responsible use of nature with a great deal of knowledge and passion. Find out how we achieved this goal last year in our programmes in Indonesia, at the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary and at the Thurauen Nature Centre!

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A cross-organisational initiative to protect the Leuser ecosystem

The 2.6-million-hectare Leuser ecosystem is located in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. It is one of the largest, still intact, contiguous rainforests in Southeast Asia and the only place in the world where endangered species such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers share the same habitat. PanEco has been working here for several years as part of a Landscape Conservation Project with long-standing, trustworthy partners – and with generous support from the Arcus Foundation.

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Community service in Medan: making biodiversity measurable

PanEco offers up to four places for community service volunteers in its programmes in Indonesia. To qualify for an assignment, the volunteers must have a suitable professional profile and some experience, and they must be available for several months. At the same time, our team in Indonesia must also be able to offer a meaningful job. Sometimes everything comes together just right, as in the case of Kevin Knecht, who tells us about his four-month assignment in Medan, North Sumatra.

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Moving into the Orangutan Haven on Sumatra

We are about to officially launch a new project that is unique in the world: Our Orangutan Haven will be the new home for orangutans that can no longer be released into the wild due to various impairments. The Haven is also an environmental education centre on the topics of rainforest, orangutans and illegal wildlife trade. The first orangutans are now being relocated from the quarantine and rehabilitation centre on Sumatra to a number of islands in Orangutan Haven.

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This is how much the orangutans eat in the quarantine station

There are currently 58 Orangutans living in our rescue and care station on Sumatra. They receive their food delivered to their enclosures throughout the day. On average, the animal keepers give 3 kg of fruit, vegetables and green fodder per animal. The menu is richer than in the wild and orangutans also have favorite foods. When it comes to food, it is also important to optimally prepare the animals for life in the wild.

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A nest for the night

Young orangutans who grow up in our quarantine and rehabilitation centre have to learn many things in order to survive in the rainforest once they are released. One of the most important and difficult skills is to be able to build a nest for the night. In the wild, the young learn this from their mothers.

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Environmental education in the Orangutan Haven

In our latest project, the “Orangutan Haven” on Sumatra, we sensitize Indonesian and foreign visitors to the threats to the rainforest and its inhabitants. We impart knowledge about biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development in a variety of ways. Let us introduce our holistic environmental education project!

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