The orangutans are threatened with extinction. If we do not succeed in protecting their natural habitat - the tropical rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra - these fascinating and highly intelligent primates will have no chance of survival in the wild.
'Indonesia's deforestation is a disaster for the planet' - audio slideshow
Award-winning Hong Kong photographer and photojournalist Paul Hilton's latest series of images looks at the impact of deforestation on Indonesia's wildlife. Basing himself in one of the most biodiverse hotspots in the world - the Leuser ecosystem in Aceh, home to rhino, orangutan, tigers and elephants - Hilton found that the clearing of forests for palm oil plantations means more roads are being cut into habitat, with endangered species being killed or sold for the wildlife trade in roadside markets. [Watch]
Cancel Aceh's illegal spatial plan!
Please sign the petition and help save the Leuser Ecosystem!
Urgent appeal for Aceh's orangutans
The Acehnese Government is pushing to finalise the proposed Spatial Plan in the next coming weeks along with and additional NEW draft governor's regulation, which opens a door for new permits in large critical areas of the Leuser Ecosystem. If approved, this new plan and the new regulation will result in the rapid devastation of most of Aceh's remaining lowland forests, the last stronghold for the Sumatran orangutan, tiger, rhino and elephant. This also totally undermines the legal status of the world renowned Leuser Ecosystem. What's more, it will not only seriously impact biodiversity and regional carbon emissions, but also seriously jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of many thousands of Aceh's 4 million people.
20,100 trees for the orangutans
The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve on Borneo comprises 76,000 hectares and is home for many endangered species as well as an important site for releasing orangutans back into the wild. We support a reforestation program for 20,100 trees from 16 species to be planted on 40 hectares. These trees will serve the orangutans both as food trees and enrichment.
Orangutans rescued on Sumatra
With our financial support two orangutans were rescued from the fires of Tripa. They were released at the Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in the Jantho Pine Nature Reserve.
Cataract surgery performed on female orangutan
From left to right: Drh. Rachmad Wahyudi, Dr. Arie Umboh, Ms Juliana Sasambe, Drh. Yenni Saraswati.
Visit at the CBM office in Jakarta in July 2012 From left to right: Tri Silvanto (CBM Indonesia country office communications officer), Matthew Hanning (head of CBM Indonesia country office), Julia Cissewski (president of Orang-Utans in Not e.V.)
With the logistical and financial support from Orang-Utans in Not e.V., the orangutan female Gober was operated on August 27 at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Quarantine close to Medan (Sumatra), run by the SOCP.
Gober was blind due to cataract on both eyes. She had been rescued in 2008 by the SOCP and gave birth to healthy twins in January 2011 at Batu Mbelin, the father of the twins being Leuser, a rescued orangutan who lost his eyesight after being shot 62 times with an air rifle.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Arie Umboh, a renowned Indonesian eye specialist, and his assistant Juliana Sasambe. They placed intraocular lenses in both eyes. The quarantine's veterinarian Drh. Yenni Saraswati as well as Drh. Rachmad Wahyudi provided the necessary veterinary and technical support.
The surgery itself went well and we now hope that no complications arise and Gober will be able to see her twins very soon.
Contact with Dr. Umboh was kindly facilitated by the Indonesian branch of CBM, an organization with decades of experience in the area of cataract surgeries in humans.
Our heartfelt thanks to everybody involved -- and especially to Dr. Umboh!
Tripa is still burning!
For more information, please check out the website of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme!
Save the Great Apes!
These pages provide you with information on the current situation, the aims of our organization, and specific ways you can help.
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