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 […]
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
The misuse of air guns for hunting has become increasingly uncontrollable. Based on data from COP and other NGOs working in orangutan conservation, at least 40 orangutans have been recorded as victims in Borneo and Sumatra. The recent discovery that has seized international attention is about an orangutan killed with 130 shots in the Kutai […]
The new year 2018 has brought a new hope for the orangutan in Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). Six orangutans from the quarantine center had been released to Jambi reintroduction site two weeks ago. These young orangutans were ready to be released back into the wild forest after they passed their quarantine and rehabilitation phase. […]