Orangutan RescueAs more and more trees fall in Sumatra, we are seeing a new crisis unfold for orangutans that are coming into contact, and conflict, with humans
Trapped in tiny patches of forest surrounded by farmlands, cut off from viable areas of habitat, orangutans may resort to raiding crops for survival. For smallholder farmers, this can seriously threaten their livelihoods, and their retaliation can be fatal.
The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) is the only active orangutan rescue team in Sumatra. They regularly evacuate orangutans from condemned forests that are being torn down by bulldozers, then release them into safe habitat.
Rescues are just one element of the HOCRU programme. The team also seeks to tackle the causes of human-orangutan conflict, provides training so that agricultural communities can protect their crops without harming wildlife, and supports government capacity in dealing with this growing problem.