Tune in to the discussion below and hear from SOCP Director Ian Singleton along with Ian Redmond, Alison Cronin, Grainne McCabe, Jim & Jenny Desmond, and Shirley McGreal, regarding the role of sanctuaries in conservation! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-7lx8iKyY)
A new species of orangutan - Pongo tapanuliensis!!!
A team of Indonesian and international scientists have described a new species of orangutan, in a paper published on November 2nd in the scientific journal Current Biology.
The orangutans residing in the Batang Toru Ecosystem, where the SOCP has worked since 2005, are distinct from the Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), and are therefore a separate species, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).
Read more about Batang Toru and the new species here and also at www.batangtoru.org!
Who We Are
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is a collaborative initiative between the Indonesia-based NGO the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL; Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation), Swiss-based NGO the PanEco Foundation, and the Indonesian Government’s Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation. The SOCP works on all aspects of conservation of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).
What We Do
Please check out this recent article from the Guardian regarding unsustainable development in the Batang Toru Ecosystem, home to the only and last habitat of the newly identified yet already Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2018/apr/23/worlds-newest-great-ape-threatened-by-chinese-dam “First of all, we need to ensure that the eastern and western populations in Batang Toru remain fully protected, […]
Another freedom for orangutan is happening this month, marking the UN World Wildlife Day in 3rd of March. Two young female and one adult male orangutans had been reintroduced to Jantho forest, Aceh on Tuesday, February 6th. They are Tengku, Bulan, and Nadia. These orangutans get their freedom after they completed their rehabilitation period in […]