A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan infant (Pongo abelii) who was rescued from illegal pet traders after his mother was killed, is now safe in the arms of its keeper at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program's Care Center in Medan, where he needs to live until he is old enough to be released safely back into the wild, Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

SOCP and Great Apes Giving Day

For the second year in a row the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is participating in Great Apes Giving Day, an initiative from our friends with the Arcus Foundation – Great Ape Conservation and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)! This year’s GAGD falls on October 17, 2017, from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM […]

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Growing threats to watch in Batang Toru forests, home to unique orangutan population

We are facing a serious challenge in Sumatra, where a large new hydrodam project threatens to damage the Batang Toru Ecosystem, home to a genetically unique Critically Endangered population of orangutans. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) has been working on protection of this forest ecosystem and its orangutans for more than a decade. Not […]


August 2017 rescue and translocation of adult orangutan male from Tripa Peat Swamps

Some more info and photos from the rescue and translocation of orangutan ‘Black’ from the Tripa Peat Swamps to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Reintroduction Site in the Jantho Nature Reserve, Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia. Important to note this from the article: “The Indonesian government filed a lawsuit against palm oil firm P.T. […]

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SOCP Director Dr. Ian Singleton nominated for 2018 Indianapolis Prize!

We are very proud to have Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Director Ian Singleton nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize!   http://www.indianapolisprize.org/sites/prize/the-heroes/2018/   ​​​​​​​​​The 2018 Indianapolis Prize Winner ​Stay tuned! The next Indianapolis Prize Winner will be announced from a special location this spring! The 2018 Indianapolis Prize Finalists ​Follow the Indianapolis Prize on Facebook and […]