Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

The complexities of palm oil and deforestation
July 5, 2019July 5, 2019
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The complexities of palm oil and deforestation

A recent article on The Conversation explores the complex intersections of global agriculture, politics and forest loss in a very balanced and accessible way. One quote that particularly stood out to us was: “We know that consumers around the world will eventually demand around 250 to 350 million tonnes per year more vegetable oil than today…Without palm...

Environmental Education in Sumatra
June 26, 2019June 26, 2019
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Environmental Education in Sumatra

The founder of the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), Lucy Wisdom, was passionate about environmental education. To honour her memory and her life’s work, SOS built a school at one of their restoration sites. Now running for almost a year, the school is a testament to the benefits of a nature-based curriculum. The school’s students, who...

Good news for Indonesia’s primary forests!
June 13, 2019June 13, 2019
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Good news for Indonesia’s primary forests!

Indonesian officials in Jakarta announced this week that a temporary moratorium prohibiting the issue of new permits to clear primary and peat forests is set to be made permanent later this year. This will cement the protection of the 255,000 square miles of primary and peat forests covered at present by the temporary moratorium, which prohibits the conversion...

A new start for Lalas and James
May 24, 2019May 24, 2019
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A new start for Lalas and James

On 14th May 2019, the HOCRU team worked together with local forestry authorities to evacuate female orangutan and her baby from a local resident’s plantation in Alur Selalas village, Aceh Province. Carrying Lalas and James to safety. Photo courtesy of Orangutan Information Centre Later named Lalas (mother) and James (baby), the pair were tranquilised and...

Conservation Optimism
May 10, 2019May 10, 2019
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Conservation Optimism

Conservation Optimists believe that optimism and hope can provide motivation for meaningful action. Sumatran Orangutan Society and the hundreds of other members of the Conservation Optimism community are committed to inspiring people to feel a sense of wonder at the natural world and empowering them to take action to help conserve it. By taking conservation discussions from...

Prime’s New Beginning
April 17, 2019April 17, 2019
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Prime’s New Beginning

Orangutans can easily become malnourished or end up in conflict with people when they’re restricted to small patches of forest. This is why our forest restoration programmes are so vital. Recently, while carrying out their regular orangutan monitoring in restricted patches of forest, the OIC HOCRU team found a male orangutan, later named Prime, isolated...

International Women’s Day
March 8, 2019March 8, 2019
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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! We are so proud to support the incredible, dedicated women who work for Orangutan Information Centre. Fransisca – DirectorSyufra – Manager of Reporting and MNEDarsimah – Head of Leuser School FoundationJeni – HOCRU team vetNayla – Communication OfficerDian – Finance AssistantSofi – Finance AssistantThe whole OIC team

Ten Year Challenge
February 8, 2019February 8, 2019
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Ten Year Challenge

Over recent weeks, social media networks have been full of ’10 year challenge’ photos – comparisons that show how people looked 10 years ago, and how they look now. We decided to join in by comparing photos from the Halaban restoration site. The first photo was taken in 2008, and the second in 2018. We...

An office extension for OIC
January 10, 2019January 10, 2019
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An office extension for OIC

OIC have shared this video thanking Beautiful Cups and their customers for all their support. This new office extension will enable their team to keep growing, helping their work and mission to protect orangutans and their forests.

Highlights of 2018
December 18, 2018December 18, 2018
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Highlights of 2018

With the end of the year fast approaching, here’s a look back at some of the amazing things we’ve achieved in 2018. We have planted 112,200 trees this year! This brings the total number of trees planted through our projects to 1,775,153. In addition to this, our wildlife crime patrol team have covered over 20,000km...