Category: Sumatran Orangutan Society

Help SOS name a restoration site
September 12, 2019September 13, 2019
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Help SOS name a restoration site

SOS (Sumatran Orangutang Society) has saved a 890 acre plot of land. The restoration site was previously used for harvesting palm oil. They have not renamed it yet, and they want your help coming op with a great name! Visit this website to submit a name for the competition!

More Trees Please
August 16, 2019August 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.
July 31, 2019July 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...

Time for a different holiday
July 18, 2019July 18, 2019
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Time for a different holiday

Did you always dream of healping the rainforest? Planting trees, meeting the locals, maybe even seeing the orangutans? Next year you can, at one or our projects! The Sumatran Orangutan Society has partnered with Different Travel to give you the opportunity to spend 13 days in Sumatra, assisting OIC’s restoration and permaculture teams at Bukit Mas and...

Tackling wildlife crime to keep tigers safe
July 11, 2019July 18, 2019
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Tackling wildlife crime to keep tigers safe

As you may know, SOS supports the Forest and Wildlife Patrol (ForWPU) . They work together with Sumatra’s authorities to tackle wildlife and forest crime within Leuser. This is a vital component of the ongoing work to keep orangutans, elephants, tigers and other species safe in the wild. On Monday 1st July, thanks to the...

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...

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...