Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

A new film about Leuser Nature School.
juli 3, 2020juli 3, 2020
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A new film about Leuser Nature School.

Tawny Buck, founder and creator at Wellgood Projects, visited Sumatra in February 2020 and was inspired by the amazing work being carried out by Darsima and her team at Leuser Nature School. With her partner, Francis, she put together the film below – a call to action for people who want to support the school’s continued growth...

Orangutan rescues during a pandemic.
juni 19, 2020juli 3, 2020
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Orangutan rescues during a pandemic.

The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) teams have been quite restricted in their activities during the COVID-19 lockdown in Sumatra, as many of the villages in the areas they cover have been closed to visitors. Despite this, they have evacuated six orangutans from danger and confiscated four infant orangutans from the illegal pet trade...

Appeal to help guides during COVID-19.
juni 5, 2020juni 11, 2020
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Appeal to help guides during COVID-19.

At the start 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...

Orangutans have never been more at risk than they are right now.
mei 22, 2020juni 11, 2020
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Orangutans have never been more at risk than they are right now.

With fewer than 14,000 Sumatran orangutans and 800 Tapanuli orangutans remaining in the wild, these species are already in a very precarious position, and if an individual orangutan was to contract Covid 19, it could devastate already critically endangered populations. Orangutans are at risk of contracting human respiratory diseases – even a common cough or...

Tapanuli Orangutans on TV
mei 8, 2020mei 22, 2020
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Tapanuli Orangutans on TV

If you’re in the UK, you probably watched the amazing second episode of Primates on Sunday 3rd May and saw Tapanuli orangutans on your TV screen (if you’re not in the UK, don’t worry – the series will be available in other countries later this year). Tapanuli orangutans were only announced as a distinct species in 2017, and with...

The New Big 5 Project
april 24, 2020mei 5, 2020
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The New Big 5 Project

The New Big 5 project is an international initiative to create a New Big 5 (#NewBig5) of wildlife: the Big 5 of photography – shooting with a camera, not a gun. Their website has lots of information and articles about the challenges facing wildlife, including Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans. It also has a profile of...

Covid-19 and orangutans.
april 10, 2020mei 5, 2020
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Covid-19 and orangutans.

Should we be worried about the impact of Covid-19 on orangutans? Great apes are our closest living relatives and are known to be susceptible to catching respiratory diseases from people. Leading scientists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could therefore wipe out populations of orangutans and other great apes. While no great apes have yet...

Help the orangutan rescue team!
maart 27, 2020april 3, 2020
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Help the orangutan rescue team!

The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) works on the frontline of orangutan protection in Sumatra. Responding to urgent calls around the clock, three HOCRU teams cover the Leuser and Batang Toru landscapes – evacuating Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutans and Tapanuli orangutans from dangerous situations and enabling their return to the wild. Rescue operations usually...

Perspectives on palm oil
maart 13, 2020maart 10, 2020
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Perspectives on palm oil

Last week, Lucy from Sumatran Orangutan Society attended a business event focused on sustainable palm oil. Hosted by the Future Economy Network, the event brought together people from the business sector, NGOs and researchers to discuss the sustainable palm oil industry, especially regarding what we should all be doing to help the industry reach its...

Fruit trees, bee hives, camera traps and more!
februari 28, 2020februari 28, 2020
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Fruit trees, bee hives, camera traps and more!

In August last year, Sumatran Orangutan Society started working with a new project partner in Sumatra: Nature for Change (NFC). Based on the edge of Leuser National Park, Darma (NFC founder) and his team work with the communities living in the buffer zone around the park. Farmers living in this area often grow rubber trees or oil...

New analysis shows that the Batang Toru dam is unnecessary.
februari 14, 2020februari 14, 2020
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New analysis shows that the Batang Toru dam is unnecessary.

A new report by a leading international consultancy warns that the proposed Batang Toru hydroelectric project in South Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatra, is not only entirely unnecessary for meeting Indonesia or North Sumatra’s future energy needs, but is also a critical threat to the local ecosystem and the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan. The report, entitled Analysis...

Cracking down on illegal plantations.
januari 31, 2020februari 3, 2020
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Cracking down on illegal plantations.

All areas designated as forest are off-limits to plantations under Indonesian law, but permits have historically been easy to get from local officials who bypass the legal requirements and even solicit bribes. A Supreme Court ruling, delivered at the end of 2019, will make it harder for plantation companies to operate in protected forests, and...