A sumatran orangutan in a tree

Ian Singleton

Rehabilitation & Release

It is illegal to capture, kill, harm or keep an orangutan as a pet, yet the illegal trade is still rampant, with young orangutans being especially coveted as pets and status symbols. They are usually kept in private backyards in tiny cages, with no protection from the elements, and frequently suffer from malnutrition, disease and social isolation.

Jami Tarris

Batu Mbelin is the only orangutan care centre in Sumatra, and is managed by our partners, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). They confiscate and rehabilitate orangutans from the pet trade, and provide specialist care for orangutans that have been evacuated from farmlands. SOCP also operate two reintroduction stations, offering refuge for orangutans ready to be released back to the forest.


reintroduction site

Bukit Tigapuluh

reintroduction site

Batu Mbelin

Care Centre

At these reintroduction sites, SOCP is establishing two new, genetically viable populations of Sumatran orangutans, making a significant contribution to the preservation of the species. Before being released into the wild, the orangutans are taught the skills they need for an independent life in the forest – skills that would have been taught to them by their mothers.

Rehabilitation & Release

SOCP have released


Sumatran orangutans back to the wild since 2001

An adult sumatran orangutan

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