Author: Lucy Radford (Lucy Radford)

Restoring the forest in Gunung Leuser.
september 15, 2020september 17, 2020
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Restoring the forest in Gunung Leuser.

Sumatran Orangutan Society’s newest partner, Nature For Change, is based near Bukit Lawang, on the edge of Leuser National Park, which in total covers more than one million hectares and is home to Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and thousands of other species. The buffer zone around the park belongs to the communities living in...

A ban on deforestation for UK supermarkets?
augustus 28, 2020september 7, 2020
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A ban on deforestation for UK supermarkets?

Large businesses operating in the U.K. will have to show that commodities in their supply chains complied with local environmental laws when being produced. News outlets reported this week that, under new government plans, British supermarkets will be banned from selling beef, soy and other key commodities sourced from illegally deforested land. Large businesses operating...

The orangutan rescuers still need your help.
augustus 14, 2020augustus 28, 2020
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The orangutan rescuers still need your help.

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...

A chance to save the Tapanuli orangutan?
juli 31, 2020juli 31, 2020
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A chance to save the Tapanuli orangutan?

Will the COVID19 pandemic give conservationists a chance to save the world’s most endangered great ape, the Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan? The planned Batang Toru hydroelectric dam poses serious threats to the survival of the Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) – the world’s rarest great ape, with just over 700 individuals estimated to remain. The COVID-19...

Tree maintenance
juli 17, 2020juli 17, 2020
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Tree maintenance

The Orangutan Information Centre restoration teams spend a lot of time conducting tree maintenance to ensure that the trees they plant survive and reach the size they should do to support biodiversity. Maintenance includes uprooting weeds, applying organic mulch and replacing any seedlings which appear to be affected by fungus or disease.

A new film about Leuser Nature School
juli 3, 2020juli 17, 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...