Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

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...

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...