On the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a facility is being built which will be unique in the world: The “Orangutan Haven”. It is a “haven” because it will house orangutans that cannot be released into the wild due to a severe disability or illness. On green islands with trees, ropes and nesting platforms, the animals can spend their remaining years in dignity.
But the Orangutan Haven is much more: It is also an educational center, designed to sensitize people from Indonesia and other countries to the threat to the rainforest, to impart knowledge about biodiversity and climate change, and to show individuals how to live in a sustainable way.
We have been supporting this project of our Swiss partner “Stiftung PanEco” since 2017.
School classes can already visit the Orangutan Haven and learn more about the rainforest ecosystem through various interesting activities. On nature trails with information stations, the students can walk through the rainforest and learn a lot of fascinating facts about its importance for biodiversity and the climate.
Bamboo as a sustainable building material
Bamboo is the building material of choice for sustainable construction. A qualified team of bamboo carpenters take care of the construction of bamboo buildings at the Haven and run a bamboo workshop.
Plans for the future
The nine green orangutan islands in the middle of the rainforest have already been completed. There is also an infirmary for their medical care. Soon it will be time to bring the first orangutans to their new home.
Educational opportunities on site will be expanded. In addition, the Orangutan Haven will be integrated into the curriculum of Indonesian schools and into the internship programs of the University of North Sumatra (Medan).
Many thanks for this great support!