There are fewer than 14,000 Sumatran orangutans and fewer than 800 Tapanuli orangutans left in the wild. These species are Critically Endangered, and already in a precarious position. At the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government made the choice to protect orangutans and the guides who lead tourists through the national parks by closing national parks to tourists. This was the right thing to do, but it has had unintended negative consequences.
With no furlough scheme for the guides who are now out of work at Bukit Lawang, Tangkahan and Ketambe (three tourist sites in the Leuser Ecosystem), the income supporting their families has disappeared overnight. Their food security is tenuous, and they don’t know when visitors will be allowed to return.
In the first phase of our appeal to help the guides and their families, we raised money to buy emergency food parcels for 558 families in Bukit Lawang, Ketambe and Tangkahan. We now want to raise money to provide a longer-term support system for guides and their families, who are still affected by the pandemic’s disastrous impact on tourism.
By raising money to plant trees in the buffer zone around Gunung Leuser National Park, we can provide an income to guides and their families by paying people for these jobs:
Please donate to help us provide a longer-term solution to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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