Join the Wisdom CircleIf you pledge to leave a gift in your will to ensure a future for orangutans, we would be delighted to welcome you into the Wisdom Circle.
The Wisdom Circle is a group of like-minded people who pledge to make a long-term difference to orangutans by leaving a gift in their will. These gifts will help ensure the future of orangutans and their rainforests.
Who was Lucy Wisdom?
Lucy Wisdom, who died in December 2009, brought colour and passion to everything she did, above all to the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), the charity she founded and which became her life’s work. She fostered SOS’s growth from a one-woman campaign to a small but vital international conservation organisation, whose projects and campaigns allow wild orangutans to thrive in the forests of Sumatra. In the 1980s Lucy was training as a flying trapeze artist in Paris. Seven years later, after surgery for breast cancer, she found herself swinging off forest vines in Sumatra, teaching young orangutans to hone their skills in their natural environment.
Lucy soon realised that saving individual apes could not prevent the extinction of the species, and set up SOS in order to realise her vision of a safe future for wild orangutans. In 2001 Lucy also co-founded the Orangutan Information Centre with Indonesian conservationists to protect orangutans as a keystone species in the rainforest ecosystem; OIC remains our close partner and ally to this day. Lucy was a champion for enabling local solutions to conservation challenges, and we are proud that this principle remains at the heart of our work.