Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

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...

More Trees Please
augustus 16, 2019augustus 16, 2019
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More Trees Please

19th August is International Orangutan Day, and this year Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) will be doing something really big to celebrate. Thanks to generous support from Ocean Outdoor Media, SOS are holding a takeover of 45 different advertising billboards in eight cities around the UK on 19th August 2019, helping them to reach huge new audiences...

Spreading the word about reforestation.
juli 31, 2019juli 31, 2019
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Spreading the word about reforestation.

The Zoological Association of America recently asked us at SOS to submit an article for their summer journal. We are very grateful for the opportunity to tell the ZAA’s supporters (and ours!) about our forest restoration work in detail via their summer journal. We are also grateful to Andrew Walmsley for allowing us to submit his photos for inclusion...

The complexities of palm oil and deforestation
juli 5, 2019juli 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
juni 26, 2019juni 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!
juni 13, 2019juni 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
mei 24, 2019mei 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
mei 10, 2019mei 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
maart 8, 2019maart 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
februari 8, 2019februari 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...