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Gardeners Of The Forest Return To Old Habitat

By the end of 2012, the Sumatran Orangutan Society saw the great apes moving back into reforested areas. The organization has planted more than half million seedlings in Sumatra since 2003. Currently they are working in the degraded areas of the Leuser forests in northern Sumatra, an important former habitat of the Sumatran orangutan.

The return of the wild orangutans this year was "absolutely wonderful news," wrote Helen Buckland. "It means that we are truly recreating orangutan habitat."

In Sumatra, the great apes are sometimes called "gardeners of the forest, because they help to disperse seeds of fruit trees in their dung," Buckland explained. "So the orangutans that are coming back also are helping to speed up natural regeneration of the forest!"

Support of this reforestration project by was made possible by the Gifts That Give More [tm] program at The Rainforest Site.

Photo courtesy of Helen Buckland

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