Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

Orangutans have never been more at risk than they are right now.
mei 22, 2020mei 22, 2020
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Orangutans have never been more at risk than they are right now.

With fewer than 14,000 Sumatran orangutans and 800 Tapanuli orangutans remaining in the wild, these species are already in a very precarious position, and if an individual orangutan was to contract Covid 19, it could devastate already critically endangered populations. Orangutans are at risk of contracting human respiratory diseases – even a common cough or...

Tapanuli Orangutans on TV
mei 8, 2020mei 22, 2020
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Tapanuli Orangutans on TV

If you’re in the UK, you probably watched the amazing second episode of Primates on Sunday 3rd May and saw Tapanuli orangutans on your TV screen (if you’re not in the UK, don’t worry – the series will be available in other countries later this year). Tapanuli orangutans were only announced as a distinct species in 2017, and with...

The New Big 5 Project
april 24, 2020mei 5, 2020
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The New Big 5 Project

The New Big 5 project is an international initiative to create a New Big 5 (#NewBig5) of wildlife: the Big 5 of photography – shooting with a camera, not a gun. Their website has lots of information and articles about the challenges facing wildlife, including Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans. It also has a profile of...

Covid-19 and orangutans.
april 10, 2020mei 5, 2020
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Covid-19 and orangutans.

Should we be worried about the impact of Covid-19 on orangutans? Great apes are our closest living relatives and are known to be susceptible to catching respiratory diseases from people. Leading scientists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could therefore wipe out populations of orangutans and other great apes. While no great apes have yet...

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...