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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Trips by Swiss PanEco staff to our programmes in Indonesia are very important to ensure a good cooperation with our local partners and staff. My name is Melina Erdin and I have been working for PanEco for one year. In June I visited our programmes in Indonesia for the first time. I would like to take you with me on my journey and give you an insight into my travel diary.
One of the preconditions for implementing successful environmental protection programs is
to raise the level of knowledge and general awareness among the population. For this
reason, PanEco is committed to contribute to environmental education in both Switzerland
and Indonesia. More than 20 years ago, we initiated the Environmental Education Centre
PPLH Puntondo on the island of South Sulawesi and we have supported it financially and
professionally ever since. Learn more about the activities of the PPLH
Orangutans are fascinating animals. And nature photographer Maxime Aliaga succumbed to
this fascination many years ago. He has compiled his most beautiful photos in an exhibition
that was shown in the Alte Kaserne in Winterthur in June 2023.
It is anything but easy to release young orangutans who have spent most of their lives in the care of humans, into the wild. Each year we release an average of 15 animals in our two reintroduction centers. Read about what could go wrong and how we try to prevent this from happening.
A year with some changes has gone by – in terms of personnel as well as in the three programmes: Bird of Prey Station Berg am Irchel, Nature Centre Thurauen and the Orangutan Conservation Programme in Indonesia. As an organisation as well as a team, we have developed further and taken on new challenges. We invite you to take a look at the recent past and browse through our three programmes!