A baby sumatran orangutan on its mother's back

Suzi Eszterhas

Support orangutans this Christmas

Will you help?

#GivingTuesday is Nov 28th

The Sumatran Orangutan Society has been lucky enough to be selected for match funding by The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

If you want your donation to go further this Christmas, then please give between 12pm on November 28th and 12pm on December 5th GMT.

Here are just a few of the things, which your money has helped us to achieve this year:

In 2017, you have enabled us to support many different projects, both through partners on the ground in Sumatra and through organising international collaborations and campaigns together with other NGOs. We strongly believe that the greatest impact can be achieved when our combined voices are amplified by working together. Being small means we bring in people from outside when we need their expertise. We excel at bringing together experts from around the world to work together to tackle some of the problems facing Sumatra’s animals and forests. For that reason, we have worked with a variety of partners this year as every year.

Here are just some of the highlights which your money has helped to achieve this year:

You have helped

  • rehabilitate injured and orphaned orangutans through supporting SOCP’s programmes in Batu MBelin and their release to the wild programme in Jantho. This is an entirely new population of orangutans which they have been working to establish for over eight years. 2017 saw the first ever orangutan baby born in the wild in Jantho reserve.
  • our partners OIC to replant 34,600 rainforest trees in areas where they had previously been destroyed by logging or plantations (that’s 1,647,853 to date)
  • the Human orangutan conflict team to rescue 18 endangered orangutans and transport them to safety (that’s 128 to date)
  • train 40 farmers in agroforestry and organic orange farming to provide them with a viable income which works in harmony with the forest
  • train 12 organic farming and agroforestry facilitators so they can pass on their learning through a series of field schools
  • raise awareness of the plight of Sumatran orangutans through an innovative street art campaign, reaching a whole new generation of potential activists
  • to patrol 48,000 square hectares of forest to act as a deterrent for poachers, and illegal loggers, firestarters
  • 25 local women become involved in forest restoration through seed collecting. Experience of multiple restoration projects has shown this to be one of the most effective measures for ensuring the newly planted forest is supported throughout the surrounding community.


Two young sumatran orangutans hanging out

Nick Tignonsini

Thank you

Thank you for giving us the resources to make this happen. Thank you for being amongst those people who don’t let the seeming intractability of the problem get you down. Small steps can change the world. Together, we can ensure a future for orangutans.

As Rio Ardie, OIC’s project manager, says: “Working in forest restoration is a beautiful challenge and key to protecting orangutans. We are so proud of all our supporters around the world who donate so we can carry on our work”.


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An adult sumatran orangutan

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