Orangutan protection

Ready for reintroduction?

At our quarantine and rehabilitation centre in Sumatra, we are introducing a new methodology designed to determine the best possible point in time for the reintroduction of an orangutan based on a set of data. SOCP staff member Sheila explains how the new method works.

Wildlife Corridors

A major threat to the survival of orangutans is the degradation or fragmentation of their habitat. The Batang Toru ecosystem is particularly affected. In this high-risk area, we are currently planning wildlife corridors to link sensitive orangutan populations.

A day in the life of Damson

The reintroduction station in Jantho is located in the middle of the rainforest and is difficult to reach and only via off-road vehicle or motorcycle. The next village is far away. Therefore, the employees, like Damson, always stay for several days at a time at the station to pursue their valuable work.

Well cared for

From the day they enter the quarantine and rehabilitation station to the day they are released: the orangutans at the quarantine and rehabilitation station receive veterinary care throughout their stay. This happens through a standardised procedure.

Bye bye Deka!

Since 2016 orangutan Deka was in our care in the rescue and rehabilitation station in Sumatra. A few weeks ago, he came a decisive step closer to a life in freedom. A touching film was made of the transport to the reintroduction station in Jambi.

The Tapanuli orangutan

In 2017 the journal Current Biology published an event that last occurred in 1933. In the paper an international team of scientists, including several members of our own Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme team, described a new species of Great Ape, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), living the Batang Toru ecosystem in North Sumatra.
Sadly, with less than 800 individuals thought to remain in the wild the new species also became, overnight, probably the most endangered great ape species in the world. Nevertheless, we have been working to protect the orangutans in the Batang Toru forests since 2004, and continue to do all we can to secure the future of this Critically Endangered species and its habitat.

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