Vision & Mission - SOS – Sumatran Orangutan Society
An adult male orangutan

Suzi Eszterhas

SOS was founded in 2001 by Lucy Wisdom in order to realise her vision of a safe future for wild orangutans and their forest home.


To secure the future of Sumatran orangutans and their forests


SOS has a long term vision of a viable, thriving and growing population of Sumatran orangutans living wild and free in their healthy and protected rainforest home.  Local communities are actively engaged in activities which sustain the forest, and protected areas are free of encroachment.  Illegal activities have ceased as laws are effectively enforced. People, both in Sumatra and around the world, are passionate about forest and orangutan conservation.


SOS strives to find a balance between economic and social needs and a flourishing, healthy environment for all species, including humans, in or depending on the Sumatran rainforest.

SOS tackles the causes of deforestation as well as the symptoms. We take an holistic approach, supporting and enabling vital work on the ground in Sumatra through developing effective conservation programmes and partnerships, capacity building and fundraising for frontline organisations, and advocating globally for changes to government policy and corporate practise to enhance conservation outcomes.

Being a small charity, we can be nimble, responsive and problem solving. SOS remains positive about the prospects for the future of the Sumatran orangutan and its habitat.


Please help us protect Sumatran orangutans, their forests and their future.

An adult sumatran orangutan

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