SOS works to protect orangutans, their forests and their future.
We support frontline conservation programmes and tirelessly campaign on issues threatening the survival of orangutans in the wild.
As well as planting trees to restore damaged forests in the beautiful Gunung Leuser National Park, we work with the local people of Sumatra, empowering, educating and encouraging them to become guardians of this precious ecosystem.
Field projects we support include:
The restoration of degraded forests in and around the Gunung Leuser National Park
More than a million trees have already been planted to replace some of the forests that have been lost. The local people are helping to plant the trees and protect the forest from further damage. We need to increase these efforts to restore the forest, and ensure it is safe for a long time to come.
It's really important that local people in Sumatra are involved in conservation action. As well as helping to keep the homes of orangutans and other wildlife safe, this also significantly benefits the local communities, as deforestation can lead to flooding and landslides which have huge negative impacts on their livelihoods.
As their habitat shrinks, orangutans are forced into farmlands in search of enough food to survive. They can become stranded, unable to return to safe forests, and are at risk of poaching for the illegal pet trade and conflict with humans if they eat or damage their crops. We train farmers how to protect their crops without harming wildlife, and rescue orangutans at risk.
We work closely with our partner organisation in Sumatra - the Orangutan Information Centre - and their team of dedicated Indonesian conservationists. This enables us to leverage real impact on the ground. Together, we create projects that empower local people to take an active, positive and impactful role in the conservation of their own natural resources. Through this holistic approach of protection and restoration, we are building a brighter future for Sumatra's forests, its wildlife and its people.
This short film was made by the London Natural History Museum as part of their Extinction: Not the end of the World? exhibition, launched February 2013: