Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

Help the orangutan rescue team!
maart 27, 2020april 3, 2020
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Help the orangutan rescue team!

The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) works on the frontline of orangutan protection in Sumatra. Responding to urgent calls around the clock, three HOCRU teams cover the Leuser and Batang Toru landscapes – evacuating Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutans and Tapanuli orangutans from dangerous situations and enabling their return to the wild. Rescue operations usually...

Perspectives on palm oil
maart 13, 2020maart 10, 2020
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Perspectives on palm oil

Last week, Lucy from Sumatran Orangutan Society attended a business event focused on sustainable palm oil. Hosted by the Future Economy Network, the event brought together people from the business sector, NGOs and researchers to discuss the sustainable palm oil industry, especially regarding what we should all be doing to help the industry reach its...

Fruit trees, bee hives, camera traps and more!
februari 28, 2020februari 28, 2020
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Fruit trees, bee hives, camera traps and more!

In August last year, Sumatran Orangutan Society started working with a new project partner in Sumatra: Nature for Change (NFC). Based on the edge of Leuser National Park, Darma (NFC founder) and his team work with the communities living in the buffer zone around the park. Farmers living in this area often grow rubber trees or oil...

New analysis shows that the Batang Toru dam is unnecessary.
februari 14, 2020februari 14, 2020
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New analysis shows that the Batang Toru dam is unnecessary.

A new report by a leading international consultancy warns that the proposed Batang Toru hydroelectric project in South Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatra, is not only entirely unnecessary for meeting Indonesia or North Sumatra’s future energy needs, but is also a critical threat to the local ecosystem and the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan. The report, entitled Analysis...

Cracking down on illegal plantations.
januari 31, 2020februari 3, 2020
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Cracking down on illegal plantations.

All areas designated as forest are off-limits to plantations under Indonesian law, but permits have historically been easy to get from local officials who bypass the legal requirements and even solicit bribes. A Supreme Court ruling, delivered at the end of 2019, will make it harder for plantation companies to operate in protected forests, and...

Learning about trees at Leuser Nature School
januari 17, 2020januari 21, 2020
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Learning about trees at Leuser Nature School

Many of the nature-based activities the children at Leuser Nature School undertake are centred around plants, as the school shares a site with Orangutan Information Centre’s permaculture demonstration centre and the Bukit Mas restoration site. The children recently helped to create a Medical Garden, contributing seedlings from their parents’ gardens and helping to plant and...

Saving a newborn orangutan
januari 3, 2020januari 6, 2020
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Saving a newborn orangutan

While most of the world was on holiday from work for the festive season, the OIC HOCRU team kept working to rescue orangutans in need. On 29th December, they worked together with the forestry authorities in Aceh province to rescue a female orangutan who is estimated to be only around one week old. Later named...

Thank you for supporting SOS in 2019
december 23, 2019december 24, 2019
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Thank you for supporting SOS in 2019

Thanks to support from Beautiful Cups and many other orangutan fans, here are some of the things SOS has achieved this year. Protecting orangutans It’s been another busy year for the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) teams. There are now three teams, covering North Sumatra, Aceh and Batang Toru respectively, and they have rescued and...

Double your donation for orangutans!
december 3, 2019december 7, 2019
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Double your donation for orangutans!

As 2019 draws to a close, Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) is once again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This means that donations made to SOS via The Big Give between midday on December 3rd and midday on December 10th 2019 will be doubled at no extra cost to you! For example, if you donate £10, SOS will...

Rescuing River
november 22, 2019november 22, 2019
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Rescuing River

A male orangutan was recently evacuated from an oil palm plantation belonging to a local resident in Krueng Bate village, South Aceh district of North Sumatra province. The orangutan, later named River, was safely tranquillised and quickly evacuated from the plantation. A health check by the team’s vet revealed that River is around 20 years...

Meet Nanda
november 12, 2019november 12, 2019
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Meet Nanda

Nanda has been working for Orangutan Information Centre’s restoration team for almost 5 years, and is based at the Bukit Mas restoration site. Nanda grew up in a small village adjacent to the Leuser Ecosystem and witnessed deforestation in action around his home. Now, he works hard to plant trees, restore damaged and degraded rainforest...

Forever Forest
oktober 25, 2019oktober 24, 2019
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Forever Forest

SOS and OIC’s newest restoration site is an 890-acre piece of land which used to be an oil palm plantation. Until recently, it was referred to by its old name, PT Mutiara. SOS asked their supporters to help give it a new name to reflect the amazing community effort that went into raising the funds...