Please be sure to hear what Ian had to say about the work of the SOCP, including the efforts to save the newly identified species of orangutan, Pongo tapanuliensis, at this link!: Your Call’s One Planet Series: A new Orangutan species is facing possible extinction There is also a video of the conversation available […]
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
PRESS RELEASE Second wild infant born, the first female, at Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Jantho, Aceh From: Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Aceh (BKSDA Aceh, Aceh Provincial Conservation Agency of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry) Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari – Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (YEL-SOCP) November 7th 2017, staff of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation […]
Please find below some brief information regarding the newly described species of orangutan, Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis)! Again available in both the Indonesian and English languages.