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OC Announces Funding for new SOCP Environmental Health Monitoring Project

SOCP’s Jantho Orangutan Reintroduction station is where orangutans are readied for release into the wild.

The Orangutan Conservancy has been a longtime supporter of the important work being accomplished by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in Indonesia.  Dr. Ian Singleton and his dedicated staff are active in many areas of orangutan conservation including rescue and rehabilitation, research and very  successful public awareness initiatives both in Indonesia and across the globe.  SOCP is also in the early stages of developing the future home for unreleasable orangutans to be called Orangutan Haven.

Recently SOCP started up a new and much-needed initiative identified as the “Environmental Health Monitoring in the Jantho Pine Forest Nature Reserve as part of the Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Programme”  The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to announce our first-round of funding support for this new effort in Northern Aceh.

As Dr. Singleton explains, “We’ve had a couple of outbreaks now among released animals, one in wet season at end of 2013 and again at end of 2016. As such we’ve collected lots of samples from orangutans that need to be tested and investigated by the lab at the Primate Research Centre in Bogor and that will be quite expensive.”  

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to be able to help SOCP to achieve their goal of finding answers to the environmental health issues in Jantho that are affecting newly liberated orangutans in the wild.  The work being done in this new project will certainly lead to even more successful orangutan releases in the future.

If you’d like to join OC in supporting this project please visit our How to Help page.

posted by: Tom


Orangutan News: Police Arrest Plantation Workers in Brutal Killing of Orangutan

A palm oil plantation in Indonesia, though not connected to the story below.

A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists said Thursday.

Police have formally named three male suspects in the brutal killing in Kapuas Hulu district, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, while another seven are being questioned as witnesses to the crime.

Authorities launched an investigation after media ran stories showing gruesome pictures of the slaughtered ape.

The workers were detained after police found orangutan bones and dried meat in a cupboard at a plantation workers’ camp, in a remote part of the jungle-clad island, local police chief Jukiman Situmorang told AFP.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of Coconuts Jakarta and can be read in its entirety here.

posted by: Tom


OC Announces Support for Last Place On Earth Challenge

If helping to save the Leuser Ecosystem is as important to you as it is to the Orangutan Conservancy then we invite you to learn more about the 2017 Last Place on Earth Challenge. With your support we all might help protect this vulnerable, beautiful and very important habitat. 

At around 2.63 million hectares, the Leuser Ecosystem really is a world unto itself—a rich expanse of tropical lowland rainforests, cloud covered mountains and swampy peatlands.  And Leuser needs help now more than ever before.  Participating in the Last Place on Earth Challenge is one way to do that.

Donations to help are always welcome or you might want to actually step to the front of the line and join in the Challenge event itself.  Currently eight very lucky people are going to trek, climb, raft and, as LPOEC’s website notes, “survive” the wilds in an amazing multi-day journey across the region.

LPOEC has welcomed the Orangutan Conservancy to their team to help recruit at least two new adventurers from the US to take the 2017 Challenge.  We hope you’ll take this once in a lifetime opportunity to join the August 19-September 5 event in Sumatra and help us save this habitat for the elephants, tigers, rhinos & orangutans that call it home.

Have a look at the Last Place on Earth Challenge website to learn more.

This short video from LPOEC will tell you much more about the current situation in Leuser.


posted by: Tom


OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Report Released

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 OC/OVAG Workshop Final Report, which was just published and highlights the proceedings at the 8th annual workshop, which was held this summer in Malaysia.  OC. along with our partners,  coordinates, stages and funds this yearly gathering of vets from Indonesia and Malaysia that specialize in caring for orangutans.  Their attendance combined with international primate experts makes the workshops a pivotal time of the year for those who care for both captive and wild orangutans in Borneo, Sumatra and Sabah.

We hope you enjoy the report.

If you’d like to help support OC as we prepare for the upcoming 2017 workshop, please visit our How to Help page to make your donation.

posted by: Tom