OC Helps Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme Water Upgrade Project

Vet team care for one of the many orangutans at SOCP quarantine facility. photo courtesy of SOCP
Vet team care for one of the many orangutans at SOCP quarantine facility. photo courtesy of SOCP


by Tom for the Orangutan Conservancy

OC supporters will recognize the longtime support that we’ve provided to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) near Medan in Sumatra.

The long-running quarantine, rescue and rehabilitation center for orangutans is an amazing operation run by Dr. Ian Singleton and a large and dedicated staff. 

Having visited SOCP last year, OC witnessed an ever-busy facility that is overloaded with orangutans that one day hope to be released into the wild.  Every cage at SOCP was filled with new arrivals and more enclosures were being built to temporarily house those animals that have been pushed out of the rainforest due to logging, palm oil and the illegal pet trade.  Luckily for these orangutans SOCP never turns away another arrival at their doorstep.

A key element to take care of the non-human and human primates at SOCP is clean, ever-flowing H20.  Water is essential for the health and well-being of the center’s inhabitants.  As such, SOCP is in the early stages of upgrading all of their water supply facilities at the quarantine station, with a new borehole and eventually some UV purifiers on the main cages.  The Orangutan Conservancy last week jumped in to help SOCP get moving on the endeavor, and we’ll be there for them as this process continues.

As Dr. Singleton noted, “With so many orangutans these days compared to when we started its time we did upgrade things to minimize risks of any unecessary health problems for the orangutans.”

Please join us in supporting this important project at SOCP by visiting our Donate Now page.

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